Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tourists robbed in hotel raid

Ms Shaheena Jakda, a tourist, narrates her family’s ordeal at the hands of gangsters at PrideInn Hotel in Mombasa on April 30, 2014. Next to her is her husband, Mr Iqbal Jakda. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT

Ms Shaheena Jakda, a tourist, narrates her family’s ordeal at the hands of gangsters at PrideInn Hotel in Mombasa on April 30, 2014. Next to her is her husband, Mr Iqbal Jakda. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By NATION REPORTER
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A gang armed with an AK-47 rifle on Wednesday stormed a tourist hotel and robbed its Canadian visitors of property valued at more than Sh1 million.

The raid happened at PrideInn Hotel, Cottages and Conference located behind Nakumatt Nyali in Mombasa.

The gangsters, with an accomplice posing as a client, went straight to where the tourists were taking breakfast and ordered them to surrender their belongings.

Mr Iqbal Jakda told the Nation that the attackers seemed to know their way around the hotel and timed the raid well.

“They just walked in, drew out their guns, ordered my nephew to lie down and came straight to me before grabbing the bag that had everything,” he said.

DREW OUT GUNS

They then turned on his nephew, Kashif Abdulnadir, and ordered the scared youth to surrender his phone, silver rings and cash in his pocket.

“I saw them (two gangsters) walk through the main hotel gate before they drew out their guns and came to where we were taking breakfast,” Mr Abdulnadir said.

He questioned how the guards could allow people with firearms to walk into the hotel without the mandatory security checks.

A manager at the hotel, who only identified himself as Mr Mwangi, declined to say much only indicating that the scene of crime officers were on the ground carrying out investigations.

The victims reported the matter to the Tourist Police Unit at Bamburi Police Station. They made statements and obtained police abstracts declaring their losses.

Kisauni OCPD Richard Ngatia said they had launched investigations and were looking for the gangsters.