Police gunned down seven suspected gangsters at Kibunja junction on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway while three of their accomplices escaped with gunshot wounds.
Confirming the incident, Molo OCPD Dan Kamanza said the notorious thugs were trailing two Eldoret bound lorries which were ferrying sugar.
Acting on a tip off from members of the public Kamanza said the police officers began a chase from Nairobi and encountered them at around Salgaa-Mau Summit area.
“They tried to escape on realising that the officers were after them, whereby they sped off and upon reaching Kibunja junction, three managed to escape into a nearby forest as the remaining seven defied orders to surrender leading to a fierce exchange of fire.”
The criminals who were in two vehicles, a Prado and a Toyota Fielder vehicles were armed and according to Kamanza, police managed to recover one pistol, a homemade gun, an AK47 rifle loaded with six bullets and an additional four bullets.
The police boss thanked members of public for sharing information with the security agencies that enabled them to get their criminals on their wanted list.
Area chief Waweru noted that there was need to intensify patrols and improve further on the rapport between the police officers and the public so that more criminals are brought to book.
Bodies of the thugs were taken to Molo sub-county mortuary and the two vehicles involved in the incident towed to Molo police station.
Separately, two people have died in a suspected love gone sour incident in Busia county.
The body of a 64 year old man and another one of a middle aged woman were found at Kanjala village with the local administration confirming that the two parties who were separately married had a love affair.
The body Boniface Okwero aged 64 and that of a middle aged woman were found lying helplessly in the village.
The two are said to have been engaged in a love affair for a while. According to Kanjala chief the male victim suspected that the woman was cheating was on him resulting to the confrontation.
Busia county commander Halima Abdi warned residents from taking law into their hands.