27 suspects behind Nakuru attacks arrested

The arrests follow an operation ordered by Interior CS Fred Matiang'i to flush out gangs terrorizing residents

Kenya police car in a past arrest

Police in Nakuru county have arrested 27 suspects believed to be behind the sequence of attacks that have occured in Nakuru West Sub County.

According to the Directorate of Criminal investigations (DCI), the youth aged between 19 and 30 were arrested on Saturday night.

Five of the suspects identified as Moses Njoe, 21, Thomas Nguruna, 19, Evans Napati, 21, Sammy Sunguya, 23, and Emmanuel Tein, 20 were picked up by officers attached to Rhonda Police Station, shortly after allegedly orchestrating an attack in Jasho area, Nakuru West sub-county.

"The five were cornered after Inspector Anunda, who was leading the operation fired a round in the air from his AK-47 assault rifle, alerting the thugs to surrender or have themselves to blame," said the DCI.

The detectives were able to retrieve crude weapons such as machetes, clubs, swords, and metal rods which the gangs allegedly used to intimidate people.

"Crude weapons including machetes, clubs, swords, metal rods and pieces of wood were recovered from the thugs, who have left Nakuru residents living in fear of being attacked,” the DCI stated.

Assorted SIM cards and ID cards belonging to victims of robbery incidents were also among the recovered items.

The rest of the suspects were arrested in a separate operation conducted in Mwanga area.

Detectives have urged the rest of the thugs to surrender themselves to authorities within the next 24 hours before a manhunt is launched.

"Detectives are warning the remaining thugs to surrender within 24 hours, before a specialized team of sleuths from DCI headquarters is deployed to annihilate the miscreants once and for all," DCI added.

The arrests follow an operation ordered by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i to flush out gangs terrorizing and killing female residents in the city.

According to numerous media reports, the gang sexually assault young women and kill them by strangulation before burning their bodies to conceal evidence.

In the latest incident reported at Nakuru’s Workers Estate on Friday, a gangster entered a home at 10 am, killed Diana Tasha Opicho, a 25-year-old woman, and robbed household goods.

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