A thug who attacked a middle-aged woman in Nairobi's estate of Mathare was shot dead by detectives on Wednesday night.
The thug, who was part of a three-man gang that has been terrorizing residents in the larger Mathare, Pangani, and Huruma areas, had just attacked a woman who was walking home, leaving her sprawled by the roadside, screaming for help.
The report indicates that after taking away the victim's mobile phone and other valuables, the three walked away casually as members of the public who had witnessed the daring attack raised the alarm.
Luckily, sleuths based at Pangani police station who were on patrol responded to the distress calls just on time, as the boisterous gang took leave, having accomplished their mission.
"The swift reaction by the sleuths was therefore an unpleasant surprise to the Mathare three, as they came face to face with two lanky officers of towering height, recently enlisted in the service," said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
Shocked by the sudden turn of events, the machete-wielding thugs scattered toward Mathare's Redeemed Gospel Church.
But as the determined officers gave chase closely behind, one of the thugs turned back and attacked the corporal leading the chase with a machete.
In a swift rejoinder, the officer opened fire, fatally wounding the suspect as his two accomplices dropped their machetes and took a flight to the house of God while flying their arms high in surrender.
Three Machetes, daggers, two swords, and other crude weapons used by the thugs to terrorize innocent members of the public were recovered by the detectives. Also recovered from the fallen thug was USD$100, suspected to have been stolen from a victim of crime.
Meanwhile, the fallen thug's body was moved to the City mortuary pending identification and postmortem.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.