Six suspected robbers were Monday evening gunned down at section 58 in Nakuru East Sub County after their planned robbery was foiled by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Special Service Unit.
The detectives gunned down the six of the eight man gang in a heated gunfire confrontation, during which six firearms with several rounds of ammunition were recovered.
Detectives are on a manhunt for two gang members who escaped with gunshot wounds.
A pair of handcuffs and a walkie talkie were also found in their vehicle, which has since been towed pending further police action.
The recovered firearms will be subjected to ballistic examination.
Nakuru county Criminal Investigations Officer Anthony Sunguti who led the operation said Police while acting on a tip off foiled a planned robbery operation which was to be undertaken in Nakuru town by armed gunmen.
The county investigations boss said the robbers were trailed from Nairobi after the police tracked their phone conversations.
“We received a report of a planned robbery operation within Nakuru and mobilized our officers together with the Kenya Police with a view of preventing crime. They were spotted and challenged to stop but they refused so our officers intercepted their vehicle at Section 58 where they exchange of fire ensued,” said Mr Sunguti.
The suspects were driving on a Toyota Probox vehicle which was suspected to have been stolen from Nairobi.
Mr Sunguti noted that the suspects are organized criminal gangs who are daring carry out their illegal operations on a broad daylight.
The Police have launched investigations to establish the identities of the dead suspects as well as to bring to book the two other suspects who have escaped.
He appealed to the members of the public share any information which could help the police to arrest other criminals.
The wreckage of the probox vehicle was towed to Nakuru central Police station as the bodies of the dead suspects were taken to the Nakuru County mortuary.