Police in Ruaka, Kiambu county shot dead two armed gangsters as they attempted to commit a robbery at a supermarket.
According to the DCI, the two who were armed with a ceska pistol loaded with 5 rounds of 9 mm calibre, opened fire at the police after they declined an order to surrender.
"There was a deafening hail of fire, as the detectives drawn from the elite Special Service Unit responded with finality, killing the gun toting thugs on the spot," DCI said.
One policeman was injured and immediately rushed to a city hospital as police confirmed the recovery of seven spent cartridges at the scene.
However, the injury on his left shoulder did not stop him from leading his men in executing the mission successfully.
The detectives were acting on information received via the #FichuakwaDCI Hotline that a miscreant gang was planning to stage a robbery at a certain supermarket in Ruaka, as it opened its doors for business after the long weekend.
"Detectives from Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau have since established that the slain thugs were part of a larger network of thugs, responsible for robberies targeting supermarkets in various parts of Nairobi and Kiambu counties," DCI said.
Preliminary findings from ballistic experts have linked the recovered firearm to various robberies that have occurred in the city.
The sleuths also noticed the presence of a third suspect, who was watching the onslaught from afar and took off before the detectives turned towards his direction.
"The third suspect had parked his getaway motorbike at a safe distance, waiting for his accomplices to return with a stash of money," DCI said.
The police have warned criminals that today's operation should serve as a clear warning that they remain on high alert, ready to neutralize any criminal activity.
"Today’s early morning operation should serve as a warning to criminals that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations remains on high alert, ready to neutralize any criminal activity, especially during this festive season," DCI said.