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Two killed as armed robbers hit supermarket in Makutano



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Two people have been shot dead while two others were critically injured when gangsters raided a super market at Makutano town in Kirinyaga County.

Ms Carol Kasiva, 32 and 38-year-old John Nduati succumbed to gunshot injuries during the Wednesday 7pm attack.

The two were shopping when two gun-wielding gangsters attacked.   

The owner of the supermarket, Mr Michael Njeru and his wife Rodah Karimi, who were also shot and injured, were rushed to Mwea Mission Hospital for treatment.

Mr Njeru lost unknown amount of money to the robbers who escaped after the raid. 

Armed with AK47 assault rifles, the gangsters shot indiscriminately as scared customers scampered to safety.

They then shot Mr Njeru and his wife as they demanded to be told where they had kept cash. The robbers hurriedly stashed the cash in a bag and escaped on a motor cycle.

Mwea West police boss Joseph Matiku who arrived shortly after the gangsters had escaped said: “We are tracking down the gangsters who fled towards Ngurubani town. We shall not rest until we arrest the culprits who killed innocent customers,” Mr Matiku said.

He said that the police would rely on the CCTV cameras in the supermarket to identify the criminals.

Ms Kasiva’s mother Rahab Mbaika, who was also at the supermarket at the time of the incident, said the gangsters shot at her daughter as she watched helplessly.

“One of the gangsters shot my daughter on the left leg and she collapsed. It was so terrifying, I escaped death by a whisker,” Ms Mbaika told     

Ms Mbaika said they had stopped in Makutano to buy a few items in preparation for guests who had promised to visit them in their Machakos home over the weekend.

Mr Nduati, who operates a hotel in Makutano town had gone to the supermarket to buy wheat flour and other items when he met his death. 

Witnesses said that after being shot on the chest, Mr Nduati took off before he collapsed and died a few meters from the supermarket.

Witnesses said the gangsters fired several shots at the surging crowd as they fled.

James Karimi, a witness, said he heard gunshots and ran to the scene only to find Ms Kasiva’s body lying in a pool of blood.

The bodies were moved to White Rose Hospital mortuary.