On Tuesday night, 5 suspected robbers shot dead outside GSU headquarters in a failed robbery in Nairobi, along the Thika Superhighway.
The suspects were confronted at the GSU stage where they tried to rob an unsuspecting woman.
Armed officers who were on patrol shot them down and secured the handbag that had been stolen from the targeted victim of the failed robbery.
Head of Special Crimes Prevention Unit, Pius Gitari, said that the security officers were also able to recover one Browning pistol from the killed gangsters.
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“We will establish whose weapon it is and if it has been used in any crime,” he said.
Reports say that the gang were on motorbikes and had trailed their victim from her M-Pesa shop located near the Drive Inn area.
The lady had closed up her shop and was walking to board a bus at the GSU stage when the gang attacked.
Police officers on patrol within the area are said to have spotted the resultant row, and rushed to the scene and engaged the thugs.
“They had snatched the handbag from a woman and as they tried to flee from the scene, police officers cornered and shot them dead,” said Pius Kamau, an eyewitness.
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This incident comes barely two weeks since five other suspects were arrested after throwing a grenade at officers who were chasing them following a robbery at an M-Pesa shop in Nairobi’s Huruma estate.
During that encounter, the police had trailed the gang riding on three motorbikes up to the Thika Superhighway, when they threw a grenade at the officers, which luckily never exploded.
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