Two innocent civilians have lost their lives following an attack by gunmen at a supermarket in Makutano area Kirinyaga County.
According to reports, gunmen armed with AK-47 rifles raided the supermarket at around 7 p.m. on Thursday and opened fire indiscriminately.
Two shoppers; John Nduati (38) and Carol Kasiva, 32 were among those who were caught in the line of fire but they succumbed to injuries.
The owner of the supermarket, Michael Njeru and his wife Rodah Karimi also sustained gunshot injuries when the gunmen demanded to given access to the money.
The robbers stashed the money in a bag and escaped on a motorcycle while the su[ermarket owners were rushed to Mwea Mission Hospital where they were stabilized.
A number of other shoppers who were injured during the evening raid were taken to the White Rose Hospital in Wamumu area.
Ms Kasiva’s mother, Rahab Mbaika survived the attack. She told Nation, “One of the gangsters shot my daughter on the left leg and she collapsed. It was so terrifying, I escaped death by a whisker.”
Nduati, a hotel operator in the town, had gone to the supermarket to get some supplies when he was shot on the chest. He was able to run out of the store but collapsed a few metres away.
The bodies were taken to White Rose Hospital mortuary.
Mwea West police boss Joseph Matiku confirmed the attack saying that the police had recovered CCTV footage from the supermarket to help identify the robbers.
“We are tracking down the gangsters who fled towards Ngurubani town. We shall not rest until we arrest the culprits who killed innocent customers,” he stated.