Armed Robber Shot Dead In Thika

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An armed thug was shot dead on Tuesday night in Thika town, central Kenya and mobile phones suspected to have been stolen from innocent victims recovered.

The thug, who was part of a three-man gang attacking members of the public along Cascade Premier prison road, was shot close to the jugular as he attempted to fend off the response by the gallant officers.

"His efforts came to naught when one of the officers opened fire in self-defence, sending the thug sprawling on the ground metres away," said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

The loud response sent the remaining machete-wielding duo, armed with a homemade firearm, fleeing, prompting a chase that lasted a few minutes as the determined officers followed closely.

One of the robbers was finally cornered and arrested while his accomplice disappeared into a stormwater ditch.

Following the incident, the officers recovered two machetes, a homemade firearm and mobile phones suspected to have been snatched from innocent victims.

A numberless motorbike used by the thugs was also impounded by the officers who towed it to Thika police station as an exhibit.

As detectives work round the clock to rid the city of criminals and criminal gangs, public members are urged to continue partnering with police for their safety and security.

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