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Armed robber gunned down in a botched robbery incident.

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Residents mill around a a police car carrying a body at scene of the crime in a recent incident. File/Dan Nyamanga)

By Dan Nyamanga.

Kisii and Nyamira residents have been crying following increase wave of robberies and thuggery incidents during curfew hours since the nation was put following the outbreak of COVID 19 but now police are on the move to curb it.

Police on patrol thwarted a robbery exercise and gunned down one middle aged man in the Saturday midnight incident within Nyamira town while his five other accomplices escaped with one sustaining serious injuries.


The six are said to have broken into a wine’s and spirits shop and were almost getting away with six cartons of assorted liquor before they were accosted by the men in uniform on patrol.


According to Nyamira South Sub County Police Commander  (SCPC) Ms. Lillies Wachira, the suspects had broken into Dumu wines and spirits shop within Nyamira Township Ward and carried six cartons of various alcohol brands before the police officers met them.


“Our officers were on routine patrol on Saturday night at around 12.30 am when they met the six who had already broken into a nearby wines and spirits shop, upon challenging them  to surrender, the thieves instead chose to confront and advance towards our officers while armed with crude weapons like swords and clubs.


This prompted the officers to open fire and fatally injured one of them who is still unidentified, the rest escaped with one sustaining serious injuries from gunshot”, said Wachira.


Ms.Wachira said the police are in pursuit of those who escaped and urged the public to share information which will lead to their arrests. 


Nyamira Town has recently experienced a wave of robberies and thuggery incidents during curfew hours since the nation was put under curfew following the outbreak of novel Corona virus in March.

 
The body of the deceased was taken to Nyamira County Hospital mortuary awaiting identification and autopsy.