Suspected Wakali Kwanza member killed as police blame crime on witchcraft

Some of the weapons recovered from suspects during a past raid.Police have gunned down a suspect link to the saturday machette attack in Likoni PHOTO: COURTESY.

A suspected Wakali Kwanza gang member was on Monday morning shot dead as he attempted to attack police officers on patrol in Bamburi within Kisauni Sub County, police sources have told Baraka FM.

Kisauni OCPD Julius Kiragu has said that the deceased was among a gang of eight members who had attempted to attack police officers on patrol.

He said that the incident happened on Monday at 1:00am  and his accomplices managed to escape but with gunshot wounds.

“Seven other suspects managed to escape but with gunshot wounds and we are pursuing them” he said.

The body of the deceased is lying at the Coast General hospital Mortuary awaiting identification and a postmortem.

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Kiragu has added that three machetes were recovered from the suspect and further said that police believe that the armed gang members are the ones terrorizing residents in Kisauni Sub County.

He has also warned local private hospitals in the area against treating gunshot patients without police authorization.

Police have also warned witch doctors in the area accusing them of brainwashing young people leading to an increase in criminal activities in the area.

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Kiragu said that some youths have been brainwashed and believed that they can terrorize residents without being arrested by police after taking traditional medicine given by witch doctors.

“Last week we arrested a 70 year old man, who has brainwashed youths in the area and we are giving a warning to the rest, we are going to arrest and prosecute them” he said.

Last week, an armed gang of ten members attacked residents in Kisauni and Nyali leaving them with body injuries.

Kiragu said that over 20 youths were arrested following last week’s attack and police believe that they were behind the attack.

Among the 20 arrested, 11 were charged in court while the rest are currently being detained to aid investigations.

They are expected to be arraigned in court on Tuesday.