Police launch hunt for terror gang in Kenya

Police officers at a scene of crime in Nairobi's Kariobangi South estate on December 21, 2012. The Kenyan capital has been hit by a wave of violent robberies in the recent past. SAMMY KIMATU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Police in Kenya are on the lookout for a gang involved in hijacking motorists and forcing them to reveal their ATM card PINs.

On Thursday night, the gang carjacked about eight motorists, stole three vehicles and also shot and seriously injured one person.

Nairobi provincial police boss Moses Ombati Friday said that initial investigations had revealed that the gang was operating from Mariguini slum in Industrial Area and were yet to be tracked down.

Mr Ombati held a crisis meeting Friday morning with Makadara OCPD Thomas Atuti, Embakasi OCPD Akello Odhiambo and Langata OCPD Titus Yoma, whose areas have been greatly hit by the crime wave.

On Thursday night, five armed men attacked Kalekye Kyalo and Lucy Radoli at the gate of their residence in Akiba estate.

They were robbed $71 (Sh6,000) before being driven to an ATM site in Embakasi where they were forced to withdraw money from their accounts.

The gang members also transferred $200 (Sh17,000) from Mr Radoli’s Mpesa (mobile phone) account.

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The thugs drove back toward Nairobi along Mombasa Road where they blocked a Toyota Prado with three occupants, and robbed them of cash and their ATM cards.

They forced them to reveal the ATM card PINs, but one of the occupants, Mr Erick Mureithi, refused prompting the thugs to shoot him on the stomach.

He is currently admitted at a city hospital and in stable condition.

They later abandoned them in Simba estate in Embakasi and drove away in their vehicle.

Two hours later, another man was robbed of his Toyota Prado, $335 (Sh28,500) and his Cooperative Bank ATM cards, which they later used to withdraw cash from his account.

Mr Kassim Otieno, a resident at Umoja II estate was driving into his residence when he was confronted by five armed thugs. They drove away in the car which police are yet to trace.

Another anchor with the local TV station was also carjacked on Friday morning in Balozi estate as he was driving in his white Subaru Forester.

The thugs robbed him of Sh6,100, a golden ring and two ATM cards. He was later dumped along the Southern by-pass next to the Nairobi National Park at around 2am (+3GMT).

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