Suspects terrorizing Mombasa residents arrested

by Lawyer Wanz

Two days ago, a videotape of young suspects assaulting members of the public in Mombasa’s old town, surfaced in sections of the press.

The young men operating in a group of about 15 thugs were captured on CCTV in two separate incidents, terrorizing two men who were going about their businesses on April 19, 2020.

Following the incident, a contingent of officers drawn from Mombasa’s Central Police Station, backed up by DCI’s Anti Terror Police Unit (ATPU) detectives mounted an operation to bring the suspects to book.

Last evening, 5 of the suspects captured on the footage were arrested separately in the Kibokoni, Kikowani and Makadara areas of Mombasa town.

The thugs include Noordin Mohamed alias MBAVU nene, Brian Ogutu, Vidich Nzilu, Ahmed Ali and Abdala Mohamed alias MBULO.

Detectives have since established that the five belong to a recently formed notorious squad known as the ‘Haipingwi’ gang, responsible for the sudden upsurge of crime in Mombasa’s Old town.

In this regard, battle-hardened undercover detectives drawn from DCI’s elite teams have now tilted fire towards the town, on a mission to completely wipe out the ‘Haipingwi’ gang once and for all.

Meanwhile, the remaining thugs who are still at large have been warned to either surrender or suffer a similar fate as what befell Mathare’s infamous Katombi gang.

Four suspects have been arrested this afternoon in Kahawa Wendani, following a spate of abductions reported in the last one week, targeting travellers along the Thika Superhighway. 

Those who fell prey to their ploys were robbed at gun point before being dumped at secluded spots in Murang’a county.

The arrests came after three victims were robbed of cash and other valuables before being dumped in Kabati.

“The thugs operating in a hired Toyota Vitz targeted passengers headed to various destinations in Central Kenya, at the Muthaiga Bus Stop and other bus stops along Thika road. Along the journey, the passengers would be robbed at gun point before being dumped at secluded spots in Murang’a county,” said Kinoti.

The latest incident took place on Sunday after an unsuspecting traveler was picked at Waki stage in Ruiru.

She was threatened with a sharp knife before what she described as an ice-cold metal was placed at the back of her head. She lost her mobile phone and an unspecified amount of money.

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