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Police launch manhunt for Dandora gang that shot undercover officer

A massive police operation has been launched in Nairobi after an undercover officer was shot and injured by gangsters who also stole his pistol.

The officer was shot after he confronted gangsters who carjacked a matatu at 5am on Juja Road.

Nairobi police commander Japheth Koome says four gangsters boarded the matatu in Dandora posing as passengers.

Two of them drew pistols as the matatu moved past Mathare, then started robbing passengers at gun point.

“The officer removed his pistol with a view of stopping the robbery. One of the gangsters saw him and opened fire, injuring our officer. Right now an operation is underway to ensure the gangsters are arrested. We shall hunt them wherever they go. We shall pursue them even beyond Nairobi,” says Mr Koome.


The gangsters jumped out of the matatu and fled after snatching the officer’s Ceska pistol.

The injured policeman was on his way to work in the city centre where he had been assigned as an undercover officer.

Separately, another officer, Dismas Ratemo, sustained injuries after he was attacked by a gang of 12 street urchins.

He was walking on New Pumwani Road at 8.30pm on Tuesday when the incident happened. The officer was recently transferred from Mandera to Lari Police Station.

“He was holding an iPad when the gang struck. In the process, he sustained deep cuts on the fore head, right and left jaws. The street children fled in different directions after stoning him. They failed to snatch the tablet. He was treated at New Light Community clinic in Kayole where he was taken by a Good Samaritan. He was treated and discharged,” according to a police report.