Crime:a police officer and three suspected robbers die in a shootout in Nairobi

Police seized an AK-47 rifle, several license plates among other weapons/FILE

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,24TH FEB 2017-A police officer and three suspected robbers died in a shootout in Nairobi early Friday morning.

Another suspect that police said was armed escaped during the 3am shooting in Tena estate, dropping a magazine loaded with three rounds of ammunition.

Police seized an AK-47 rifle, several license plates, a pistol, a magazine and several rounds of ammunition from the suspects.

Police said officers on patrol in Kayole had earlier asked the suspects to stop when they noticed that they were behaving suspiciously, but they defied the orders and the officers alerted their colleagues in Buruburu.

The suspects’ silver Toyota Axio, registration number KBC 879L, was again stopped in Buruburu but on realising that they were driving into a trap, they tried to escape, shooting at police officers on Manyanja Road.

The three died in the shootout that also resulted in the death of an officer attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations office in Buruburu.

The officers seized a Tokalev pistol, a motor vehicle, several vehicle ignition keys, seven motor vehicle switches, four mobile phones, cash and other items.

Buruburu OCPD Geoffrey Maiyek speaking to the press said the identities of the suspects were unknown as they had no identification documents on them.

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