Gangsters shoot 3 in a raid on a Nairobi mall

Saturday August 17 2013

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Gangsters raided a shopping mall and shot three people in Nairobi.

The gangsters opened fire as they left the Nairobi West mall after robbing a businesswoman of Sh50,000.

The victims, two men and a woman were admitted in hospital with bullet wounds in the neck and shoulder.

Police are looking for the owner of a car registration number KBF 275Q, a Mitsubishi Lancer, after a witness said the gunmen entered the vehicle and sped off.

“Unless it’s a fake number plate then we have a good lead and we shall definitely arrest the criminals,” said Nairobi police commander Benson Kibui.

The incident happened at around 10pm.

Separately, detectives have questioned an Administration Policeman after he reported being robbed of an AK-47 rifle at the city’s Dandora Phase 4 area.

The detectives claim he lost it in a bar after hours of drinking, and suspect there was no robbery.

“He was allegedly accosted by five gangsters but we have dismissed it. We are investigating the matter and we shall take action. We have since established he was at Kario bar where he was drinking with a colleague,” said Mr Kibui.

The rifle had 15 rounds of ammunition and the incident comes a day after two policemen were stabbed while on night patrol and robbed of an AK-47 rifle and a Taurus pistol in the city’s Shauri Moyo estate.

The pistol was recovered hours later after an operation in which 85 youths were rounded up.

Separately, a man was electrocuted at Kamulu along the Kangundo Road in Nairobi, as he attempted to vandalise a power transformer.

The body was found perched on the transformer Saturday morning and arrested a man suspected to be an accomplice.

Separately, nearly 50 aliens were arrested in a police swoop in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area.

However Eastleigh North County Rep Osman Adow, said 13 of those were arrested.

Starehe police commander Samuel Anmpiu denied the claims adding that any one caught would be dismissed.

“Any officer found to be taking bribes and wrongfully arresting innocent Kenyans will be dealt with,” he said.

The representative alleged that officers demanded up to Sh 30,000 to free those arrested.

“I sent my son to the supermarket only to hear he was caught and arrested at Pangani Police station” said Sahara Hassan, a resident in Eastleigh.

A big number of Somali refugees live in Eastleigh.