On Saturday night, two gang members who were thought to be responsible for a spree of robberies in five counties were shot and killed by police.
According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, the two were shot dead as they traveled from Mumias to Eldoret (DCI). They were harassing the residents of the counties of Uasin-Gishu, Trans-Nzoia, Bungoma, Kakamega, and Vihiga.
When undercover police agents approached the two as they were riding a motorcycle, DCI claims that they refused to surrender and instead opened fire.
According to DCI on Twitter, the detectives were then provoked to “respond the provocation with a salvo of fierce gunfire, murdering them on the scene.”
According to reports, the attacks hit Mpesa outlets, super markets, and wholesale stores “where millions of shillings were lost, sparking an uproar from merchants.”
A ballistics study that connected all of the attacks to a single firearm led to the dispatch of detectives to the five counties, where they were able to track the two down, according to the DCI.