Police in Kwale County, Southern Coast of Kenya, have recovered two AK47 riffles, 73 rounds of ammunition, two magazines, two motorbikes, two knives, one mobile phone and other personal effects including clothing and shoes from a group of suspected criminals in Magutu area in Bongwe.
The recovery was made in last night’s operation.
According to Msambweni OCPD Joseph Chebusit, they received intelligence report from members of public that there was a gang hiding in a thicket.
Chebusit said that they mobilized officers patrolling the area who laid an ambush on the suspects.
“When our officers reached the area the criminals dashed in different directions when the officers tried to challenge them by firing some rounds. No one was fatally injured but we suspect that some of the suspects escaped with gun wounds”
Chebusit said he suspects that one of the guns is one of those stolen from officers who were recently killed at ACK church in Ukunda.
After combing the area our officers collected the weapons and their personal belongings,” he said.
The police chief said that they suspect the suspects use the knives to scare M-Pesa attendants when they rob them and flee on the motorcycles.
He said they have launched an operation to pursue the criminals and they will use the mobile phone the recovered to trace the suspects.
The suspects who are said to be six according to the number of pairs of shoes which were collected by police are suspected to be from within the county.
“We will carry out an operation to search the criminals since they pose danger to the locals if they are still free,” he added.
Another gun was found at Kinango in October outside a chief’s office therefore adding to three firearms that have been found so far.
Incidents of insecurity in Kwale County have recently been on the rise especially in Ukunda with police officers being attacked.
Residents and police have been attacked by unknown gangs which escape after the incidents with none being brought to book so far.