Police have launched a manhunt for two armed thugs who accosted a woman on Tuesday and robbed her of Sh327,000 at gunpoint in Athi River, Machakos County.

The woman, identified as Gakii Muranguri, was attacked at Kwa Mang’eli slum at around 10.30 am.

Confirming the incident, Athi River police boss Sharma Wario said she had just withdrawn the money from a nearby bank before the incident happened.

“The woman withdrew the money from Cooperative Bank, Athi River Branch. She later drove to a supermarket at Kwa Mangeli slum for shopping,” Wario said.

The police boss added that it was after the shopping that the thugs pounced on the woman as she walked back to her car.

The thugs escaped towards Mombasa road on a bodaboda;  a red Honda motorcycle of registration number KMEA 029S.

Wario said witnesses alerted the police who then gave chase but they were unfortunately outwitted by the criminals. According to the police boss, the suspects managed to get away by riding on the wrong side of the lane on Mombasa Road towards Nairobi.

Police officers found the motorbike abandoned in Sabaki estate.

The thugs are said to have escaped on foot into Mlolongo Phase three estate.

Wario said police are in pursuit of the suspects and exuded confidence that they will be arrested soon.