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CID officer robbed in a Diani hotel

20 May 2015, 11:24 John Kioko

Diani - Msambweni head of criminal investigation, Edwin Kamau was among those robbed of their belongings on Monday evening when an armed gang of four ambushed clients and patrons of Blue Swallow hotel at Diani beach.

The gang made away with mobile phones and an unknown amount of money during the incident, according to the hotel’s manager, Elizabeth Wanjiru, although security officials have disputed the claims.

Wanjiru told journalists that when the four armed gangsters arrived at the hotel premises, they divided themselves into two groups with two of them entering the hotel while the remaining two kept guard outside.

“The two armed gangsters proceeded to the bar and ordered everyone to surrender their phones. They took them away, including the DCIO’s,” said Wanjiru.

Wanjiru said that the DCIO fired about 15 times at the gangsters who had flashed guns at the clients, forcing them to run away with no one being injured.

“The DCIO shots at the robbers did not get any of them,” she said.

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Msambweni OCPD, Omijah, disputed claims that the DCIO lost his phone during the incident.

“He found his phone later as it was charging,” said Omijah.

He said that the robbers were armed with crude weapons and wooden objects that looked like guns.

Omijah claimed that the incident occurred after the officer had gone to relieve himself and that when he came back and found the commotion, he cocked his gun scaring the gangsters who ran away.

“The officer then called for reinforcement which came immediately but could not trace the gang,” he said.

Omijah said that the gang has been on the loose and always evading police traps.

He said that they are going to hunt down the robbers and bring them to book, noting that they believe they are from Likoni area.

The group has been terrorizing people at the tourist town of Ukunda and according to Omijah.

The incident occurred a day after police gunned down another suspect at Ibiza area as his accomplice escaped, after stealing KES 9 000 from the owner of Coconut Bar.

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