Po­lice put gang of six men on no­tice

The crim­i­nals have killed three watch­men in Kakamega town and in­jured an­other

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - HIL­TON OTENYO @hiltonotenyo

Po­lice in Kakamega town have put on no­tice a gang of six that has ter­rorised the pub­lic for the past month. It has killed three watch­men and in­jured an­other.

Two of the watch­men were killed near Naku­matt su­per­mar­ket and one at the To­tal fill­ing sta­tion near the Kakamega Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion.

The gang is said to com­prise ex-con­victs and could be led by a life sen­tence es­capee from Ki­bos Prison in Kisumu.

Other mem­bers are said to be out on bond for cap­i­tal of­fences. Po­lice on Monday night ar­rested six sus­pects and re­cov­ered a Beretta pis­tol.

Three men had bro­ken into the Golden Inn Ho­tel and stole elec­tronic goods and frisked lodgers.

Western re­gional po­lice boss Moses Om­bati yes­ter­day said of­fi­cers have ar­rested two peo­ple with pan­gas stashed in a sack.

They also ar­rested two peo­ple who raided the ho­tel but one es­caped.

“They raided the ho­tel but po­lice re­sponded quickly. One of them opened fire on the of­fi­cers, who re­sponded and hit him in the leg. They re­cov­ered a gun from him,” Om­bati said. He said the gang way­laid an of­fi­cer and chopped off his hands as he walked to a nearby shop on Mil­i­mani es­tate two weeks ago.

“This is a new group emerg­ing be­cause the town has been rel­a­tively calm for a long time. We have de­clared to­tal war on the crim­i­nals,” Om­bati said.

In­ci­dents of crim­i­nals steal­ing cash from residents and gang-rap­ing women in Kakamega town have been on the rise since June.

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