Detectives opened fire at two gangsters fatally injuring them after they defied a lawful order to surrender.
The two instead engaged the police in a fierce shootout on Friday night at the intersection of Ukwala road and Mwatate lane.
According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), they had been trailing the gangsters for a while and had probable cause to tell them to surrender.
In the sting operation, a Ceska pistol with twelve rounds of ammunitions and masks were recovered.
Two suspects managed to escape from the scene.
Last night, DETECTIVES fatally injured two Gangsters who defied a lawful order to surrender & instead engaged them in a fierce shootout at the intersection of Ukwala Rd & Mwatate Lane. A Ceska Pistol with twelve rounds of ammunitions & Masks recovered; Two other Suspects Escaped. pic.twitter.com/BUsbM7hx2Y
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) November 23, 2019
In a statement on Twitter on Tuesday, DCI boss George Kinoti expressed concern over the skyrocketing fraud cases online, cautioning Kenyans to be extra vigilant while engaging in digital transactions
“Following devastating reports of online fraud to our DCI Offices across the country, we wish to warn members of the public against engaging in online businesses with firms, companies and/or individuals they have no reliable information about,” read the statement in part.
The DCI further said that some Kenyans had found themselves in unpleasant scenarios after engaging in business on social media websites without first conducting due diligence, which had cost them dearly.
Such cases, according to Kinoti, include online groups luring jobless Kenyan youth on promises of getting them jobs within and abroad, online product vendors who disappear once payments are done in advance and online car hires that never materialize.
Other schemes mentioned are online cash traders (Forex Exchange), social media sites bearing prominent people’s profiles aimed at misleading and extortion, fraudsters making random calls while posing as service providers to cause panic to unsuspecting victims, informing them of possible security breaches to their bank and M-Pesa accounts hence end up revealing their confidential particulars.
The authorities also noted the process of pursuing online criminals was a painfully long one as it required Cyber-Forensic Interventions, urging the public to always report to police when they lost their personal effects.
Apart from getting assistance from police in the recovery of the lost items, the DCI said a prior police report would come in handy in reinforcing evidence by the victim in the event such documents were subjected to unlawful use by the perpetrators.