Police in Murang’a on Saturday night shot dead three men who were allegedly in a mission of kidnapping a local lawyer.
The trio who were among a gang of six, were shot at Mathioya river along Murang’a-Sagana road.
Confirming the incident, Murang’a North Criminal Investigations Officer Mr. Japheth Maingi said police cornered the gang at the time they were trying to remove registration number plates from the vehicle that was ferrying the lawyer Mr. Charles Mburu.
Maingi said the lawyer was menacingly picked by the gang that was in two vehicles few metres from his house at Murang’a town at about 11pm on Saturday.
He noted that the three were shot down after they defied police orders to surrender saying the other three managed to flee.
The group was armed with AK 47 rifle and they started shooting against the police forcing the officers to shoot back killing the three, added Maingi.
The lawyer, he noted, survived unhurt as police recovered a toy pistol and an AK 47 rifle in one of the vehicles that was being used by the gang.
The police, he said, have been trailing the gang after Mburu made a report at Murang’a police station on February 21 saying he was being threatened with kidnap after he failed to pay a debt.
Three weeks ago the lawyer was reported kidnapped by unknown gang and dumped at Gakonya area along Murang’a- Sagana road after he agreed he would pay Sh. 1.2 million in the account of one Edward Kibicho whom he owed money.
We have commenced manhunt for those who escaped under cover of darkness and we are also investigating the person behind the kidnap, added Maingi.
The deceased were identified as Simon Muchoki, Thomas Ndung’u and Victor Ouma whose bodies were moved to Murang’a hospital mortuary pending a postmortem.
Source: Kenya News Agency