Man shot in stomach as gunmen rob trader at Thika abattoir

One person was wounded during a robbery attack at the Thika main slaughterhouse on Monday morning.

According to eyewitnesses, the gang of four stormed the abattoir in two motorbikes some minutes to midday brandishing an AK-47 rifle and a pistol, specifically targeting two particular traders who happen to be cousins.

Upon accessing the compound, they shot severally in the air causing those within the compound to scamper for safety and lock themselves inside the abattoir.

It is alleged that they managed to catch up with one of their targets and robbed him about sh. 200,000.

The victim is said to have been caught up in the melee and was hit in the stomach by a stray bullet as the gang sped off on the motorbikes towards Garissa Road.

It is understood that police officers who were on patrol in Makongeni area pursued the thugs towards Landless area and with assistance from members of public and bodaboda riders, they located the thugs at Jerusalem area.

“When things got hot, the thugs abandoned their bikes and ran on foot with police and wananchi in hot pursuit. Unfortunately, they managed to dodge the police and vanish towards Salama area,” narrated one of the eyewitnesses.

Police condoned off the area though it is suspected that they managed to escape towards Munyu village where they are believed to be holed up.

Confirming the incident, Thika West OCPD Willy Simba said that they were following crucial leads that might help apprehend the culprits.

He added that the victim was rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital and his condition is fair.

“We have recovered the two bikes and are still pursuing leads that we believe that will help us nab the culprits. We promise the members of public that we will definitely apprehend them,” said Simba.

Some of the residents we spoke to in Gatuanyaga associated the thugs to particular gang of  six that has been terrorising Landless, Muguga and Kamagambo residents recently.

Over the past two weeks, the area has been rocked in a spate of violent robberies, the most recent one being just last week where a hardware trader was robbed sh. 600,000 at gunpoint in Muguga Trading Centre before the thugs fled in motorbikes.

On Sunday, the same group unsuccessfully attempted to rob Ecomatt  Supermarket in Landless estate.

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