Three members of a 10-man gang were shot dead on Sunday morning after a dramatic 5-hour standoff in Karatina town in Nyeri County.
Karatina Sub-county Police Commander James Barasa, who confirmed the incident, said two firearms and four rounds of ammunition were recovered from the suspects who were trying to break the cash office of an entertainment joint.
“We have recovered an AK 47 rifle and a homemade pistol capable of firing. Three of the robbers were shot dead but their accomplices escaped,” said Barasa.
One of the employees at the nightclub raised the alarm which alerted police officer on patrol in the area. The police responded immediately forcing some of the suspects to flee and hide in the neighboring buildings.
The police were forced to use teargas to flush the suspected thugs from their hiding from where they engaged the police in a five-hour gun shootout.
The police have launched a manhunt for the seven suspects who are on the run.