A member of a notorious gang that has been terrorizing residents of Thika town, was last night shot dead by detectives.
The thug was part of a miscreant gang that was robbing pedestrians of their valuables, along the Kiang’ombe-Railway road at around 9 pm.
Armed with a firearm and crude weapons, the thugs accosted two young men believed to be students at the Thika-based Mt.Kenya University.
The students who later told detectives that they were going to buy the much-coveted avocado fruit, were ordered to surrender all their earthly possessions including mobile phones, belts, shoes and clothes.
After complying, the badly shaken students were then ordered to surrender their Mpesa PIN numbers at gunpoint, prompting one of them to let out loud piercing shrieks of despair.
Luckily, two cops on foot patrol heard the call of distress and rushed to the aid of the victims. What followed was a fierce exchange of fire between the cops on a mission to rescue the students and the thugs who were fighting to escape the wrath of the law enforcement officers.
When the guns went silent, one thug lay lifeless in a pool of blood as his accomplices leapt to a getaway motorbike heavily wounded.
A firearm with two rounds of ammunition and a machete were recovered from the slain thug.
Meanwhile, a manhunt for the rest of the gang members is currently ongoing.