Heavy gunfire as police battle gang in Kenol, Murang’a

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More officers arrive at the Kenol building where the suspected robbers are holed up. PHOTO | NDUNG'U GACHANE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

For close to five hours now, police are battling suspected robbers in rental building in Kenol town, Murang’a County.

Heavy gunfire can be heard metres away from the building in which the suspected criminals are holed up.

FIRE

Officers trailed the gang to the rental building on Saturday morning after a robbery in the capital Nairobi.

When the gang realized the officers had entered the building at around 9am, they opened fire.

Some of the tenants scampered for safety as police evacuated others as they prepared to take on the shooters.

Some residents told the Nation that the gang could be holding some tenants hostage.

The gun fight has attracted a mammoth crowd, including Murang’a leaders, who are milling around the scene of crime.

Police control a crowd at the Kenol building where the suspected robbers are holed up. PHOTO | NDUNG’U GACHANE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Muranga County criminal investigations chief Julius Rutere said officers from Flying Squad and Recce Squad had reinforced the team on the ground.

He, however, declined to give more details since the operation was ongoing.

More follows.