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Woman found murdered in Roysambu Airbnb, detectives swing into action

Detectives were called in after the body of the woman was found in an apartment

A crowd outside the building where a woman was found dead in an apartment reported to be an airbnb in Roysambu

Detectives are investigating the shocking murder of a young woman who was stabbed to death in an apartment alleged to be an Airbnb in Nairobi.

Reports indicate after being stabbed by her killer, the woman’s body was chopped into pieces and stuffed in a paper bag.

Detectives from Kasarani police station were called in and cordoned off the scene with investigations commencing.

Videos circulated on social media show a huge crowd gathered at the scene.

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Witnesses recounted that the woman's body had been dismembered, pointing to the direction of murder.

Police are combing through any leads that may result in the arrest of those behind the heinous crime,

Risper Muthoni the Airbnb manager told the media that the man who booked the apartment on Saturday at 3PM checked out on Sunday in the morning.

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She was however called by the Airbnb caretaker shortly afterwards and alerted that there were suspicious-looking polythene bags and a bedsheet soaked in bloodoutside the stairs.

"He told me there were blood stains that were leading to my house," Muthoni said.

"Nyumba haina CCTV lakini mahali kwa duka alienda kuchukua funguo iko na CCTV, we have tried to call him but simu yake ni mteja," she added, confirming that she has surrendered everything that could assist with investigations, including the CCTV footage captured at a shop where the suspect behind the murder went to pick the key.

The murder comes barely days after socialite Starlet Wahu was found murdered in an apartment in Nairobi’s South C.

John Matara who was captured on CCTV camera getting into the apartment with the deceased was traced by sleuths to Mbagathi hospital where he had checked in for treatment with stab wounds and arrested.

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The tragic murder of Starlet who was Pastor Kanyari's sister in an Airbnb saw focus shift on the safety of such accommodations have been raised.

The online accommodation booking that revolutionized the travel and hospitality industry clarified that the apartment in which the murder happened had not been booked on its platform on the dates of the incident, adding that the term Airbnb is often used as a catch-all term to describe the entire booking industry even when the property is listed on other platforms.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of this shocking event, but it is important to make clear that this is not connected to Airbnb in any way.

“The property in question did not have a reservation booked on Airbnb for the dates reported, and we do not have an account registered to the name of the accused. Our thoughts are with the victim’s loved ones during this unimaginably difficult time,” the company said.

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