Police officers have Monday morning gunned down what they termed as a dangerous gangster as he led a cabal of thugs in staging attacks targeting residents living in Dandora in Nairobi County.
According to the DCI, the gun toting thug identified as Fidel, was shot after he defied orders to surrender.
Fidel was the ringleader of a gang of 5 and had been engaging detectives in a cat and mouse game for a while but was finally cornered at Joy Villa in Dandora, shortly after staging a robbery along Mwas road.
DCI says preliminary investigations and intelligence analysis had connected Fidel and his gang to the spate of attacks that have rocked Nairobi’s eastlands suburbs in recent days, targeting innocent civilians
In a statement on its official Twitter page, the DCI said, “A firearm and two rounds of 9mm callibre, were recovered from the thug following the operation mounted in the wee hours of today morning. Two other thugs who were with Fidel at the time of the incident, were lucky to escape the onslaught alive but with their bodies riddled with bullet wounds. Our Dandora based crime busters are on hot on their trail.”
Meanwhile, another robbery with violence criminal was fatally wounded in Githurai, as police intensify a crackdown on illegal gangs terrorizing city residents.
Police says the gangster who was armed with a pistol was part of a six-man gang that was robbing pedestrians off their valuables, at the Githurai bridge along Thika superhighway.
“Officers who were on routine patrol along the busy highway last night, were responding to distress calls from members of the public when they cornered the thugs at around 9:30pm. As five of the thugs took flight to the nearby Majengo settlements to evade arrest, the fatally wounded gangster opted to officers by firing at them before he was gunned down.”
Crime scene personnel based at Kasarani documented the scene and handed over the recovered pistol to ballistic experts at the DCI headquarters, for further examination.
The police say crude weapons including machetes and swords that were left behind by the fleeing miscreants were also recovered.
Bodies of the two dead gangsters were moved to City mortuary pending identification by their kin.