Cop kills thugs who held him hostage in botched robbery
17 November 2015, 21:35
Vihiga - Two thugs were gunned down while two others escaped during a botched robbery at Majengo town in Vihiga County Tuesday morning.
The thugs had taken a local businessman hostage when he opened his shop in the morning planning to steal from him when their plan was thwarted.
"When the businessman opened the hardware, the thugs got into the shop as customers who wanted to buy some items only to turn against him and started demanding cash," regional police commander, Moses Ombati said.
He added, "The swift reaction from the local security personnel indicates how prepared we are to clear out these groups of thugs that are threatening the security of this region."
The victim is a Hindu businessman who operates Satt Swami Hardware.
He noted that an Administration police officer who came to the shop in the morning and wanted to buy some items was also held hostage.
The administration police officer attacked one of the thugs who had an AK47 rifle and helped dismantle the weapon by kicking it out.
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The commotion attracted other people from outside the shop who descended on the thug and beat him to death.
Ombati said if the police officer had not been among the customers in the shop who were held hostage, more deaths could have been witnessed and money stolen from the businessman.
The other thug hid in the shop and was shot dead after a successful operation led by Vihiga Police Station OCS Judith Nyongesa.
"The other two thugs got into a vehicle that they had come with and disappeared. We have all documents identifying the vehicle they travelled in and we have already initiated an operation to get them by all means," Ombati said.
Services were stalled at the busy town for almost three hours as heavily armed police searched the shop for any other thug who could have been hiding.
Ombati said the killed thugs were suspected to be among a group of criminals terrorising residents of Kisumu and Kakamega towns.
A month ago, the armed thugs attacked an M-Pesa agent at Mbale town where they managed to steal KES 500 000.
"It has come to a point where the remaining thugs should just surrender or else we will get them and finish them," Ombati said.
Governor Moses Akaranga who came at the scene of crime condemned the attack and encouraged youths to engage in other meaningful activities other than endangering their lives by engaging in crime.
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