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How armed thugs posing as ‘chokoras’ raided bar and robbed drunk revellers

Detectives in Nairobi have launched a manhunt for three suspects who raided a drinking joint in Ruaraka’s Kasabuni area and robbed revellers.

The three suspects who pretended to be beggars and were carrying sucks on their backs entered Reke Marie pub and started begging for food before one of them ordered all revellers to lie down and ransacked their pockets before fleeing.

Police said the three suspects had a firearm and had initially posed as people of unsound mind.

“Those at the pub went on drinking until one of the suspects pulled out a rifle from his sack and ordered everyone to lie down,” DCI said in a statement.

During the incident, revellers lost their mobile phones, cash and other valuables.

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Police said that the patrons had to prevail upon one of their drinking partners who had started insulting the suspects.

This prompted the suspects to fire two rounds in the air attracting the attention of police officers on patrol, who immediately rushed to the scene.

However, when they arrived at the scene the thugs had already vanished into the darkness. Police officers recovered two spent cartridges from the scene.

“The spent cartridges have since been sent to the DCI National Forensic Laboratory for scientific analysis by ballistic experts,” the DCI said.

Earlier this month, a man identified as Paul Oloo Inda lost Sh1.6 million in bar located in Komarock, Nairobi.

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Mr Inda had arrived in the country from a West African country and was picked at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by a friend who took him to Komarock. His luggage included the cash he had been sent with by friends in the foreign country to deliver to their families.

The next day in midmorning, he left the house while carrying the cash in a bag and headed to a nearby shopping centre to change the cash to Kenyan currency but found the rates were very low.

Mr Inda then went to a bar in Komarock to drink with friends before they proceeded to another club within the same estate. At the new club, they were joined by three women.

Later, Mr Inda noticed that his bag containing the money which he had kept under the table was missing. He reported the matter to the police who reviewed the CCTV footage at the bar which had captured the women stealing the money then taking off.

One of the three women, identified as Claire Achieng Otieno, has since been arrested and charged in court.

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