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3 rape suspects shot dead near cemetery in Nairobi

Three suspected rapists were on Monday night shot dead by police at the Nairobi South cemetery on Bunyala Road.

The three attempted to rape a woman they had dragged into the bush as she walked to the Central Business District from Upper Hill where she works.

Nairobi County Police Commandant Japhet Koome said the incident happened at 7pm at the area popularly known as Makaburini.

The men had robbed and stripped the woman.

“The lady screamed and there was a lot of commotion. Police on patrol along Bunyala Road went to the bush and found the men has beaten the woman and stripped her naked,” Mr Koome said.

Two of the men were armed and were threatening to shoot the woman.

“The police officers asked them to drop the pistols but they started running away as they shot at the police officers,” he said.

He said after the shooting, two pistols and a knife were found.

Police also recovered Sh1,100, a mobile phone and a purse that had been stolen from the woman.

The woman, who sustained deep cuts in her right wrist and several scratches on her back was taken to the Nairobi Women’s Hospital.

This is not the first time police have shot suspected rapists at the cemetery.

Last month, two men were shot dead by traffic police manning Bunyala Road after they were caught raping a woman. Earlier in March, police shot dead a man who was raping a woman at the same area.

The two suspects and their accomplice who escaped had dragged a university student into the bushes as she waited to board a matatu.

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