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Gangsters shot dead in a pit latrine

28 March 2013, 17:09 James Kabotia

Fear gripped residents of Baraka Estate in Laikipia East District Wednesday morning after two heavily armed gangsters were shot dead by police during a prolonged shootout.

They were shot inside a homestead where one hid inside a water tank and the other inside a pit-latrine.

An AK47 rifle and 1 round of ammunition was retrieved.

The two bandits who were in the company of others on a motorcycle, tried to steal from an M-pesa shop near the Nanyuki bus terminus at around 8AM but their mission was thwarted by angry boda boda operators.

m-pesa shop

According to a 2NK matatu Sacco attendant who declined to be mentioned by name, the decently dressed gangsters alighted from the bike then he asked them whether they were travelling to Nairobi.

“I thought the four persons were customers but they didn’t even respond to me and headed straight to the Vision Mobile M-pesa shop where they shot severally in the air to scare passersby,” said the witness.

The daring men then dashed out of the shop and rode at a supersonic speed towards Baraka Estate. The bodaboda operators at the bus station jointly followed them.

Nothing was stolen from the shop and no body was injured.

Speaking to the media, Laikipia East District Administration Police Commander John Tarus confirmed that his officers based at Baraka AP camp followed them into the homestead where a thorough exchange of fire took place.

“One of them who was inside the pit-latrine had been sprayed with bullets on his head and we have also recovered an AK47 rifle together with one round of ammunition inside the pit,” said Tarus.

The other thug strived to escape but he was shot dead at another homestead in the area.

The AP commander further said that the gang is believed to have been terrorizing residents for a long time, adding that his team will deal with all criminals squarely.

“Over the past few months, we have had sleepless nights fighting crime in this region and let everyone know that we will not relent until we wipe them away,” added Tarus.

Speaking at the scene, irate residents told the media that one of the gangsters is a well known boda boda operator in the area.

“We thank our police for their co-operation because we have realized that one of the persons who had been terrorizing us is a boda boda operator. We could not even recognize the other guy because his face was shot beyond recognition,” they said.

Police advised the residents to be careful and report all criminals to them.

Laikipia East has had a series of crimes in the past few months.

Early this year, a journalist working with The People daily newspaper was attacked at his house at Thingithu Estate where they stole his camera at gun point.

Two weeks ago, the body of a 14-year-old boy was recovered along Kanyoni road at Gichagi kya Cecilia area in the outskirts of Nanyuki town.

According to area residents who were engulfed with shock, the body whose name is unknown had injuries on the head and blood was oozing profusely from the mouth and nose.

They said that some dogs had even began feasting on the body before it was retrieved and taken to the Nanyuki Hospital District Mortuary.

Concurrently, heavily armed poachers shot down a rhino at Ol Pejeta ranch in Laikipia Central recently before shooting down a 24-year-old man.

Confirming the incident, Laikipia East police boss Joshua Lutukai said that the unknown number of poachers shot down the animal using AK47 rifles and made away with its horn.

Lutukai said that the rhino had just calved recently.

Lutukai further added that Washington Wamae was escorting his friend who had visited him at the nearby Kibubung’i area and upon returning back to his home, he encountered the poachers.

Despite the increased rate of crime in the area, security agents say that the matter will not be swept under carpet, adding that residents should be ready to work with them.

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