Thugs who murdered 3 while robbing M-Pesa shops, supermarkets, shot dead by police

for Tv47 Digital January 08, 2023, 07:47 AM
Thugs shot dead
The motorcycle which the two suspects were riding and the recovered AK47 assault rifle. PHOTOS/COURTESY

In Summary

  • An AK-47 assault rifle with 19 rounds of ammunition was recovered from the slain suspects. 
  • DCI says the duo was part of a five-man gang that has been terrorising traders in Uasin-Gishu, Trans-Nzoia, Bungoma, Kakamega and Vihiga counties.  

Two suspected gangsters believed to be part of a five-man gang that has been targeting M-Pesa shops, supermarkets and wholesalers have been shot dead by police. 

The two were killed along the Eldoret-Mumias Road on Saturday evening. 

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the gang had also previously killed three innocent members of the public. 

"The armed thugs who were on a motorbike headed to Eldoret from Mumias defied orders to surrender and shot at the officers, prompting the undercover detectives to answer the provocation with a volley of fierce gunfire killing them on the spot," reports DCI. 

The thugs have been terrorising traders in five counties: Uasin-Gishu, Trans-Nzoia, Bungoma, Kakamega and Vihiga. DCI says between October 22 to December 26, the thugs stage a total of eight attacks. The traders had lost millions of shillings to the gang. 

After the shooting, an AK-47 assault rifle with 19 rounds of ammunition was recovered.

"A report from the forensic ballistic unit based at the DCI National Forensic Laboratory, had linked all the attacks to one firearm prompting the deployment of a team of seasoned detectives to the five counties on a manhunt for the the thugs," reports DCI. 

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