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City police investigate gun attack on UN staff’s posh home

Ballistic experts are analysing a bullet head found in the house of a United Nations employee in Nairobi’s Spring Valley to establish whether it was an attempt on her life or a stray bullet.

National Police Service spokesman George Kinoti said the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) official was not at home when the incident occurred.

Ms Francesca Aborn, an American, reported that she left Nairobi for a holiday in Zanzibar on Friday only to come back on Monday night and notice one of her bedroom windows had been shattered.


Ms Aborn said she later checked the room and found a 9mm calibre bullet head.

On Tuesday, experts visited the scene to establish the flight path and the possible direction from which it could have been fired.

“Detectives have collected exhibits we regard very vital in reconstructing the series of events throughout the incident,” Mr Kinoti said on Tuesday.

Ms Aborn is attached to the Detention and Transfer Team at the UNODC and has only been in the country for the last three months.

Her main task is to develop rehabilitation programmes for prisons in East Africa.

Investigations will cover broader areas, including establishing if a neighbour fired the shot and failed to report.


Joint investigations by teams from Gigiri and Kilimani DCI offices were also launched after another person reported that he was shot at five times while driving along Waiyaki Way near Toyota offices at Westlands on Friday around 10.30pm.

Mr Mohammed Said Mohammed, a resident of Nairobi South ‘B’ said he was driving in the company of his wife Jamila Hashim, when he realised a black Volkswagen Toureg was trailing them.

The driver of the Volkswagen started shooting at them from the left side when they reached the UNHCR offices and deflated his left rear tyre.

Police said three bullets hit the passenger door.

The gunman later sped off towards Kangemi. Police recovered a bullet head at the scene, which ballistic experts have also taken for examination and comparison.

However, police said the Integrated Command Control and Communication (IC3) cameras along Waiyaki Way did not capture the shooting at all.