Tanzanian national shoots and injures armed robber in Nairobi

The home-made firearm and spent cartridge recovered from the scene./COURTESY

A Tanzanian National who had traveled to Nairobi to visit his fiancé, shot and injured an armed robber who had attacked him at gunpoint.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Simon Sanga snatched the thug’s home-made firearm and up shooting the assailant.

The incident occurred at around 2am on Wednesday, outside Top Five pub in Njiru, Nairobi County, where Sanga and his fiancé were going for refreshments.

The couple is said to have found the pub’s door shut prompting Sanga to leave his fiancé in the car and go knock at the door just in case the attendants were still inside.

While knocking at the door, a motorbike with two pillion passengers screeched to a halt and one of the passengers approached Sanga with a firearm trained at the Tanzanian National, while the other two on the motorbike waited.

Sanga hurriedly emptied his pockets giving the thug his four mobile phones, ATM cards, car keys, and sh.27,000 in cash.

The Tanzanian National saw an opportunity to snatch the firearm from the thug who was holding it precariously while struggling to carry the loot.

“As the hunter now became the hunted, the villain left his firearm with today’s hero and jumped on the bike that had now moved closer to save his skin,” said the DCI.

Sanga managed to squeeze one shot at the thugs as their bike sped off from the scene.

“Detectives and police officers based at DCI Kayole, visited the scene and recovered one spent cartridge of 9mm caliber and a jersey that Sanga had undressed the suspect as he took flight. They also recovered the firearm from the victim and discovered that it was a homemade firearm capable of firing,” said the DCI.

Droplets of blood were also visible at the scene to indicate that the assailant had been shot as they fled.

An investigation to apprehend the suspect is ongoing.

While thanking Sanga for his bravery, the DCI has however cautioned anyone being attacked by armed assailants to be careful before engaging them as they could endanger their lives more.