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Bandits wound 4 in matatu ambush

03 July 2013, 13:18 Ngarae Elias

Four passengers were shot and wounded after bandits ambushed a matatu travelling from Nanyuki to Doldol on Monday night.

The bandits sprayed the vehicle with bullets as it was crossing a dry riverbed and hurt four out of the eight passengers aboard.

Laikipia North police boss Benjamin Maritim said the gangsters robbed the passengers off more than KES 15 000 and seven mobile phones during the incident which occurred three kilometres from Doldol town.

He said the thugs were armed with two guns, machetes and other crude weapons.

One of the passengers who were wounded had a bullet lodged in his foreleg and was transferred to Nanyuki teaching and referral hospital for treatment. Others sustained bullet wounds on their lower parts of their feet.

The driver of the matatu, Francis Kimani, said the attackers who were five in number and clad in traditional Maasai shukas also beat him up with a club after deflating one of the vehicle's front tyres.

“They pointed a gun on my head and ordered me to give them all the money I had and my mobile phone. They then pulled me out of the vehicle and ordered me to lie on the sand and beat me up with clubs,” Kimani said.

The principal of St. Francis girls’ High School Lucy Muhoro said the thugs escaped with her handbag which they used to carry their loot but left her unhurt.

The robbers escaped when a neighbour Peter Kilesi rushed to the scene at high speed after hearing the gunshots.

“When I heard the gunshots, I alerted the police but decided to go to the scene since they delayed. I then rushed the injured passengers to the hospital,”  Kilesi said.

However, police arrived 45 minutes later and ferried the unharmed passengers to Doldol police station where they recorded statements.

By the time of going to press, nobody had been arrested in connection with the incident.

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