Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) shot four armed thugs dead in different incidents in Nairobi estates.
According to the detectives, the thugs engaged them in a fierce shootout at the Kamukunji grounds, Eastlands and Zimmerman almost simultaneously.
In a statement on Wednesday, January 25, DCI detailed how the thugs attempted to outwit them but were no match for the trained professionals.
According to the detectives, in the first incident, a four-man gang near the Kamukunji grounds challenged them in a shoot-out that left two of them dead and the others diving into the Nairobi river in a bid to escape arrest.
The gang was accused of ambushing two members of the public at around 5:00 am before the police officers pounced on them.
From the incident, one homemade firearm capable of firing bullets, mobile phones, and six wallets as well as other crude weapons were recovered.
On the other hand, an armed thug in Zimmerman area along Thika Road was cornered by police officers as he tried to get away with his loot. However, after a fierce shootout, a loaded pistol and a flat-screen television screen were recovered.
Thirdly, in Eastlands, two thugs who defied the detective's orders to surrender were involved in a shootout that left one of them dead while the other fled to a nearby bush with severe injuries.
"A police raincoat, handcuff keys, four mobile phones, two master keys, and a dagger were recovered," DC stated.
"Efforts to arrest the thugs who escaped are in top gear as detectives urge medical practitioners in Eastlands to be on the lookout for two young men seeking treatment for severe diarrhea (due to ingesting water from the polluted Nairobi River) and one with gunshot injuries," DCI concluded.
The intense operation was part of the ongoing crackdown on thugs terrorising city dwellers.
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