A manhunt for a five-person gang that raided Equity Bank's Matuu Branch in Matuu on Tuesday, Kenya's southeastern, is ongoing.
The robbers stormed the bank and disarmed two police officers manning the facility before holding hostage the customers and staff.
They made away with an unknown amount of money.
The raid was reported to have lasted for about 15 minutes, with the thugs engaging police in a gun shootout. One of the robbers was said to have escaped with a gun wound.
Preliminary investigations have linked a former General Service Unit (GSU) to the daring robbery at 9 am. Detectives handling the case suspect the gunmen were under his command. The thugs are said to have come from Nairobi.
The officer was dismissed from the service over misconduct, and he has a criminal record. He was attached to Mombasa.
Police had arrested a motorcycle rider, Sylvester Kilonzo, alleged to have ferried two gang members to a nearby market, 9km from the bank.
Another rider purported to have ferried other members of the group has also gone missing.
The two police officers who were guarding the facility are also suspects. In the CCTV footage, one of them was seen interacting with the robbers inside the bank hall.©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.