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'Fearless' thugs raise concern amongst Kenyans

08 September 2014, 15:08 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The rising spate of insecurity has been compounded by what has been termed as fearless thugs who are not concerned about security forces.

The high levels of gun crime in the city, as well as armed robberies has left security experts scratching their heads.

And with the attack on Kabete OCS Julius Ling'ole Sunday night, where he was shot by a group of five thugs, it has raised alarm levels even further.

Ling'ole was shot on the pelvis by the gangsters who he had gone to intercept following an attempted robbery.

Read also: State House denials on stolen car fail to bear fruit

And with others also seemingly suffering the fate of such events, security experts are worried about the increased levels of cockiness shown by thugs in the country.

" We are dealing with this situations the best we can. We are following it up closely ", Nairobi police boss Benson Kibue said of Ling'ole's shooting.

" Yes, we are worried that there are increased cases of robberies with violence or use of firepower but we are increasing patrols and intelligence on such cases to prevent them ", he added.

Sammy Nyangombe was attacked at his gate six days ago by thugs who did not seem bothered that they would be caught by police.

" They were not in a hurry and were very confident. They took their time and looked unperturbed that there could be a report made somewhere which surprised me ", he said of his carjacking incident.

" It is not something that is normal. Are they working with police or why are they so confident, he wonders.

Read also: Suspected thugs shoot Kabete OCS

Security expert Vincent Mugi says that the current trend is worrying.

" It is indeed worrying that we are in a stage where thugs feel immune to police work and police action. It worries me sick personally.

" The hope is that police can increase their level of vigilance or else we might be caught up in cases that are unfortunate, he added.

And with the recent story on president Uhuru Kenyatta's escort vehicle being stolen as well as other high profile robberies and carjackings, it seems the police have got their work cut out to ensure security levels in the country are put in check.

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