Police on Wednesday, September 13 gunned down three suspected armed robbers and recovered an AK-47 rifle in Kisii.
The three were killed after engaging the police officers in running battles from Migori to Kisii where they had planned an attack.
“Having got wind of the terror gang, Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau detectives forensically analyzed their modus operandi based on previously staged robberies, before embarking on their painstaking trail,” DCI noted in a statement.
The suspects who were using a TVS motorbike, were armed with a loaded AK47, a Rambo sword, and a machete.
According to the police, the gang had boarded a TVS motorcycle believed to be their transport means to targeted spots and to escape.
“But the ferocious mission was successfully aborted by the operation team, who trailed the trio for over 60km before catching up with them at Corner Mbaya area of Kisii,” read part of the DCI report.
The suspects were shot by the officers after they failed to surrender.
“Having defied orders to surrender, the officers who have been deployed on a hell-bent mission to sanitize the streets of guns in the wrong hands opened fire, fatally injuring the three,” read part of the DCI report.
During the incident, an AK47, a magazine loaded with 21 bullets, a Rambo dagger, a machete, and a TVS motorcycle registration number KMGH 656X were recovered.
Preliminary investigations indicated that one of the suspects was a 27-year-old man from Kuria, Migori County.
The officers are yet to establish the identity of the two other suspects, who are in their early 30s.
Bodies of the three suspects were taken to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary.
At the same time, the DCI issued a stern warning to individuals involved in criminal activities, adding that they would be dealt with by the full force of the law.