Two suspected gangsters were Wednesday shot dead and a third one injured  after a violent robbery at Kabare village in Kirinyaga County.

One of the slain gangsters is said to be a police officer, who has turned into a criminal.

"One of the suspects is a security officer from a special crime unit," a police officer who sought anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the press told the Nation.

The robbers were gunned down as they took off with their loot.

According to the witnesses, the gangsters raided the village and robbed a women group of Sh13,800.

It was then that the women raised an alarm, attracting scores of villagers who confronted the gangsters.

Sensing danger, the gangsters fired several shots, sending the villagers scampering to safety.

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