Police have gunned down two thugs who attacked a middle aged man on Wednesday night in Njiru Nairobi.
The two are part of a six-man gang that has been terrorizing residents in the larger Kayole area.
“After taking away the victim’s mobile phone and other valuables, the six walked away casually towards an alley in Zanaki area, as members of the public who had witnessed the daring attack raised alarm,” the police said.
Two officers at Soweto police station who were on foot patrol responded to the distress calls on time shooting and injuring the gang members.
“The swift reaction by the officers was therefore an unpleasant surprise to the Kayole six, as they came face to face with two lanky officers of towering height, recently enlisted in the service. The thugs immediately opened fire sending the officers on prone position, as they responded to the provocation in equal measure,” the police said.
The two suspects were fatally wounded as their four accomplices fled the scene heavily inflicted with gunshot injuries. One firearm and a bloodstained knife were recovered from the suspects.
The officers assisted by members of the public helped the injured man to a city hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition.
Meanwhile the bodies of the thugs were moved to the city mortuary pending identification.
Detectives based in Kayole are looking for the four suspects who escaped and are advising them to denounce crime before what befell the Katombi gang in nearby Mathare, is visited on them.