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Kisumu Equity Bank robbery: What we know so far

Police dispatched to Equity Bank on Angawa Avenue in Kisumu after four armed suspected robbers raid the facility at 11am today; siege underway.

• At 11am at least four armed robbers gained entry into Equity Bank, Angawa Avenue branch in Kisumu.

• Shortly after, they threw a tear gas canister on the floor, forcing some of the clients and staff members to run out.

• Eyewitnesses filed a suspected robbery report minutes to 11:30am.

• At 11:30am, the first contingent of police officers arrived in four vehicles.

• Minutes later, Nyanza Regional Police Commander Karanja Muiruri arrived at the scene.

• At noon, more police officers were deployed to the scene, with the total number of officers in operation rising to 30.

• Around that time, Angawa Avenue was cordoned off and declared an active crime scene.

• A firefighting vehicle was brought to the scene to help neutralise the effect of the teargas that the suspected robbers were hurling while still holed up in the hall.

• At 12:30pm, police term the operation as “delicate”, saying firing at the suspected robbers could risk the lives of clients locked up in the hall.

• Police claim the suspected robbers were fighting back by firing tear gas canisters and live bullets.

• At 12:45pm, police said they suspected some of the robbers were hiding inside the bank’s toilet.

• At 12:50pm, police said they were waiting to be given the bank’s architectural plan before they could ambush.

• At 1pm, police gained access into the bank’s ground and first floors.

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