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Unaitas robbery suspect was shot 9 times, autopsy reveals


One of the two slain suspects linked to the theft of an unknown amount of money from Unaitas Bank in Kigumo, Murang’a County over the weekend had nine bullet wounds according to a postmortem report.

According to an autopsy report, Joseph Kamau, who was killed by the police in Murang’a on Sunday under controversial circumstances, was shot three times in the head and six times in the rest of his body.

His father, Francis Kang’ethe, termed his son’s fatal shooting as a gruesome death. He also revealed that his 30-year-old son, who was a father of two, had previously served as a police officer. The family said they learnt of their kin’s death via social media and news reports.

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According to the police Kamau and his accomplice sustained gunshot injuries during a shootout at the expansive Kinyona Forest before they managed to gun down the two even as two others escaped.

However, photos from the scene first showed the two suspects subdued with their hands tied together while surrounded by armed police officers.

It is not yet clear how the suspects later managed to free themselves and stage a gunfight that left them dead. The identity of the second suspect is yet been established.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has already launched investigations into the killings of the two suspects.

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The Central Regional Commissioner, Fredrick Shisia, on the other hand, is on record for saying the two were killed by their accomplices and not the police.

The incident happened on Saturday after a gang of six raided the Unaitas Sacco branch in Murang’a’s Mununga trading centre.

The gang first attacked two police officers guarding the aacco, disarmed them, emptied the tills and as they escaped, shot a civilian in the leg.

The bank heist had been preceded by another one on February 25, 2023 when a six-man gang attacked two police officers manning a roadblock along Kangare Kaharate road and disarmed one of his AK47 rifle.

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