27 gang members who are thought to be a part of a group responsible for a string of robberies in Nakuru county have been apprehended.
The group was detained on Saturday night in two separate operations, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) reported on Sunday. Five people were detained in the first raid while 22 people were detained in the second operation.
Shortly after staging an attack in Jasho area, Nakuru West sub county, the five—Moses Njoe, 21, Thomas Nguruna, 19, Evans Napati, 21, Sammy Sunguya, 23, and Emmanuel Tein, 20—were cornered by officers stationed at Rhonda police station.
“The five were cornered after Inspector Anunda, who was leading the operation fired a round in the air from his AK-47 assault rifle, warning the thugs to surrender or have themselves to blame,” said the DCI.
The DCI claims that during the arrest, crude weapons such as machetes, clubs, swords, metal rods, and wood fragments were found.
“Also recovered were assorted SIM cards and identification documents belonging to victims of robbery incidents,” said DCI.
The remainder, all between the ages of 20 and 30, were all taken into custody during a nighttime operation in the Mawanga area.
Detectives, however, still believe that there are more members of the notorious gang and have urged them to surrender themselves to authorities within the next 24 hours before a manhunt is launched.