Two suspected gangsters were Tuesday shot dead by the police in Nairobi’s Central Business district during a noon shoot-out.
Law enforcers also recovered two browning pistols from the two who were said to have been in a gang of four thugs being trailed by the police.
One suspect was shot on Jamba lane, behind the Nation Centre off Moi Avenue while the second one was felled by police bullets on Kimathi Street.
Witnesses claimed three other people were injured by stray bullets, one of them a woman who was reported to have been critically injured on the head. The woman later succumbed to the injuries.
According to Central deputy police boss Julius Kyombule, the deceased were known criminals who police were trailing before the shoot-out occurred.
“They were in a gang of four and as police were trailing them, they drew out their guns and begun to shoot at the officers who responded and felled two while another two escaped,” he told journalists on Kimathi lane where one body lay.
He said a member of the public was injured by a stray bullet was injured during the incident and that she was receiving treatment.
“We could not know exactly their mission and we are not sure whether they were planning to rob a bank or not,” added the deputy OCPD.
He warned that gangsters would not be allowed to roam the streets terrorising members of the public.
The incident attracted huge crowds of people at the two scenes causing a traffic snarl up and police had a hard time clearing the scene.