Four suspected criminals have been shot dead by the police in Komarock along Kangundo Road, Nairobi.
OCPD Buruburu Adamson Bungei confirmed the occurrence, noting that they had launched a probe into the case.
“Our officers pursued the suspects and ordered them to surrender, but they instead opened fire on police who responded by gunning them down. We have launched investigations into the case,” Bungei said.
The incident attracted a gathering at the Shell petrol station going against the social distancing rule when the suspected thugs drove through the station before opening fire on police officers.
In occurs, the police had been following them from the Outering road as they drove in a Toyota Cienta.
Police reports indicate that one officer was left in a critical condition after being shot during the exchange. However, he was rushed to Mama Lucy Hospital for treatment.
Komarock area has recorded a rise in criminal activities lately, especially at night during the daily dusk to dawn curfew.
Criminals are supposedly taking advantage of the curfew to run their operations as the police are committed to keeping Kenyans inside their houses.
Of late, Langalanga area residents in Nakuru County woke up to a surprise of their lives after unknown persons raided their stores at night and left the shops empty.
Veronica Wanjiru, who runs a pub at Kanu Street, lost wine worth more than Ksh83,000 and a TV set.
According to Wanjiru, the incident was strange being that her pub was broken into during curfew time when only police are on the streets.
“Everyone is affected by the curfew, and the State through police should ensure even criminals don’t go out. We are left wondering whether the police are enforcing the curfew as required,” Wanjiru stated.
Loice Wanja is another victim whose storage vehicle was broken into, and more than 70 trays of eggs valued at Ksh22,000 was lost at her Lake View Estate home.
According to police reports, in general, defilement and rape cases make up about two to five percent of crimes reported in Kenya every year. Nevertheless, the cases have hiked seven times higher.