BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,10TH FEB,2022-wo suspected thugs were shot and killed in a botched robbery along Ngong Road in Nairobi.
According to witnesses and police, the killing happened after a brief dramatic chase following an attempted robbery in the Adams Arcade area.
A team of detectives on patrol had spotted a motorcycle bearing an obscured registration plate, then a tussle between two youthful men and the public ensued.
This prompted the officers to seek to know what was happening. But the two hopped onto a motorcycle and tried to escape.
Nairobi deputy police boss James Mugera said his team pursued them up to Riara-Naivasha Road junction, where they were shot dead.“They defied orders to surrender, and one tried to shoot at the officers pursuing them. They unfortunately died,” he said.
The bodies were moved to the mortuary after the evening drama on Tuesday.
Police said they recovered a pistol, three mobile phones and a Rolex wristwatch from them.
Mugera said they had enhanced operations in the city to tame rising cases of armed robberies. He urged premises owners to install CCTV cameras as part of efforts to tame the trend.
“Such cameras come in handy when crimes are committed. We will be happy to see more premises install them,” he said.
Meanwhile, a 27-year-old man was on Wednesday night burnt to death in a fire incident in Lungalunga, Mukuru slums, Nairobi.
Police say they are investigating to establish if he committed suicide or was killed. His two houses were the only structures that were affected. The body was moved to the mortuary.
So far, three people have died in the past week in separate fire incidents in the city. This raised concerns from authorities who want access roads to informal settlements to be expanded.
argue response teams take too long to arrive at some of the scenes due to bad roads.