Businessman shot and robbed of Ksh 1.3 million in the middle of the city

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A Nyeri magnate is counting his losses after armed thugs attacked him in the middle of the city and robbed him of Ksh 1.3 million that he was carrying in cash.

Speaking to the press, a police officer handling the case confirmed that the businessman, identified as Charles Kiama, was robbed on the morning of Monday, August 1, around 9 a.m.

Kiama was carrying the money to the bank when he was ambushed by the gang of three youths on a motorcycle.

According to a police officer, the three armed assailants demanded the package from the businessman, leading to a confrontation between them.

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One of the crooks, who was armed with a pistol, then opened fire and shot Kiama in the thigh.

“I confirm that we witnessed an armed robbery near a gas station. The owner brought money to the bank around 9:00 am. He was on foot and was ambushed by three men on a motorcycle.

“They stopped where he was and took his bag. During the scuffle, one of them who had a gun fired two shots, wounding the businessman in the thigh. They fled with the bag,” said the police officer.

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Kiama was taken to a hospital in Nyeri where he was treated and is now in stable condition as police launch a manhunt for the three criminals.

Robbery cases have risen in recent months, even as the campaign season begins ahead of the August 9 general election.

The trend prompted police to mount a covert operation to flush out suspected robbers in the Nakuru and Nairobi areas.

On Saturday, Kilimani police arrested a serial robbery master behind a spate of break-ins in the area and neighboring Kileleshwa.

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The suspect was arrested after detectives traced him to his home in Komarock where some of the stolen goods, including cell phones and laptops, were recovered.

In Nakuru, police conducted a security operation that resulted in the arrest of several individuals believed to be members of numerous gangs, including one dubbed ‘Confirmed’.

The gangs broke into individuals’ homes and murdered women before leaving with goods.

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