Two armed gangsters shot dead in Mombasa
27 February 2015, 08:09
Mombasa - Detectives on Thursday shot dead two armed gangsters behind a series of criminal activities in Mombasa.
The gunmen had raided a showroom in the city when a team of officers from special crime prevention unit pounced on them, killing two instantly while one of their accomplice escaped.
Police believe the third suspect might have escaped with bullet wounds during the fatal shootout.
Mombasa County CID commander Henry Ondiek said a pistol, two magazines and several rounds of ammunition were recovered from one of the suspect.
"We have been trailing the suspects for months; our officers on patrol managed to confront them after they defied orders to surrender and were shot dead," Ondiek.
The three are believed to be notorious gunmen behind a series of robberies in Mombasa and were being trailed by detectives from the special crime prevention Unit.
Detectives from scene of crime recovered several firearm licences from the slain gangsters. Their bodies were transferred to Coast Provincial Hospital Mortuary awaiting identification and postmortem.
Security apparatus in Mombasa have embarked on a process of integrating smart policing into security operations to curb rising insecurity and align itself with best global security practices.
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Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa has announced that the government is investing in preventive security strategies and intelligent-based policing to improve the security situation in the county. He said the move is aimed at avoiding security lapses witnessed in the coastal city last year.
Marwa said the government will intensify screening of visitors at Moi International Airport, hotels and public places to boost security.
"Insecurity almost ravaged our tourism last year, but that is now a thing of the past. We have put up new measures and strategies to ensure security is maintained," he said earlier this month.
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