At least six suspects have been shot dead by police in Nairobi in the last 12 hours. Five of the suspects were shot dead at Express Kenya Limited in Industrial Area while the sixth was shot dead in Ngara and a toy pistol recovered.
In the two separate incidents, nobody was arrested. The shooting of the six, said to have been armed with crude weapons and a toy pistol, has raised questions on the justifiable circumstances of using lethal force. Police have however defended their actions, saying that the suspects refused to surrender.
Nairobi county commander Benson Kibue said that about eight men armed with crude weapons forced their way into the company premises at Industrial Area at around 1am on Sunday where they attacked watchmen before tying them with wires.
They then loaded motorcycle tyres into a lorry but were confronted by the police as they were driving out of the compound. Police say that the value of the tyres was not immediately established. Five of them were shot dead while two escaped.
The sixth suspect was shot in Ngara on Saturday night where police say they were robbing members of the public. Mr Kibue said that the suspect was in company of three other armed men near the Fig Tree hotel. Police officers on patrol were notified and rushed to the scene. One was fatally shot while the three others escaped.
The National Police Service Act was amended to allow police to use for in defence of property, and not life alone.