Three people were last night shot dead while four others sustained serious gunshot wounds after an M-Pesa shop robbery at Shanzu in Mombasa.
The two hooded men are said to have used a Boda boda and one of them masqueraded as a customer before shooting the M-Pesa shop attendant killing him on the spot.
He later killed other two people at a nearby M-Pesa shop.
Other four people who rushed to the scene to help were also shot and injured by the two men who later vanished.
Kisauni Deputy County Commissioner Kipchumba Rotich said two of the victims are receiving urgent treatment at the Coast general hospital while two others at the Mombasa hospital Intensive Care unit-ICU.
He said that it is evident after a massive security operation in Kisauni, criminal gangs have changed their operational spots into periphery areas of the Sub-County.
“We are yet to establish whether they took any amount of money from the M-Pesa shop,” he said.
Mr. Rotich urged business owners to be very vigilant as gangs were targeting M-Pesa shops especially during the festive season.
He said that police have launched a manhunt for the two suspects.
The bodies of the deceased have been taken to the Coast general hospital morgue.
Meanwhile, Muslims for Human Right-MUHURI has decried the increase of insecurity incidences in Mombasa and especially in Kisauni.
MUHURI Rapid response Officer Francis Auma said that despite cries from locals and human rights defenders over the issue, police have shown minimal efforts in containing the immense insecurity situation in Kisauni.
“We want the police to show us more actions against criminals in Mombasa and particularly in Kisauni,” he said.
Auma also appealed to locals to reveal information that will help the security agents net criminals in the area.
“We believe these criminals live with the locals in the same residential areas, if locals fear reporting to the police let them disclose these people to us, we will liaise with the police for action,” he added.