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Armed Carjackers Gunned Down

26 March 2012, 07:59 Tony Ndungu Karomo

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Police officers in Imenti North District shot dead 2 armed gangsters and injured 2 of their accomplices yesterday night at Kaithe area along the Meru-Maua road in Meru County.

Confirming the incident to today morning area OCPD James Kithuka said the 4 thugs were challenged by the officers on patrol that led to a series of gun battle before recovering an AK 47 riffle and 4 rounds of ammunition in the 9pm incident.

The bodies of the 2 thugs are lying at Meru Level Five Hospital, said Kithuka.

No police officer was injured in the serious gunfire battle.

Following the rising number of robbery cases, Kithuka has appealed to members of the public with information over the 2 escaped thugs or their accomplices to provide information to the police so that they take necessary action.

“We are aware the thugs don’t stay in isolation. Members of the public should make effort to report any suspects to enhance safety in Meru County,” appealed the police boss. 

Kithuka is appealing hospitals to tip them in case they attended to any patients with gunshots before they are discharged.

He said Kaithe area has become a carjacking spot due to the series of pumps that forced motorists plying on the road to slow down as the thugs mark time.

The OCPD said many people have lost their money to the thugs who forced them to surrender their ATMs together with revealing their PIN numbers to the thugs who go ahead to withdraw money from their accounts.

Kithuka complained that some victims to the predicaments were taking too long to alert the police to respond to their distress calls.

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