Police engaged robbers in the better hours of today morning at Kisumu Angwana Equity Branch.
The confrontation led to heavy shooting as the neighbours ran for safety.
During the confrontation, the robbers used tear gases and this was confirmed by Mr Karanja Mururi,Nyanza Regional Police Commander.
“We are not firing the teargas. It is them who are firing teargas,” said Mr Muiruri.
So far,Equity Bank Kenya has issued a statement saying that police arrived at the scene of crime on time and no staff nor money was lost.
“We had an incident where armed robbers gained access into the banking hall of our Kisumu Angawa Branch. Security agents led by local authorities are currently on the scene. The staff are safe and no cash was lost,” the statement read in part.
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According to our source of information, it is said that the robbers entered the banking hall and threw tear gas canisters which caused a commotion among the clients and the staff.
Luckily, the GSU officers responded by arriving at the scene within 30 minutes and the attempted heist failed.After the robbers realising they have been cornered, they started hurling tear gas canisters to the police leading to a four-hour siege.
Speaking after the attempted robbery,Nyanza Regional Commissioner Mugu Mutindika said the robbers pretended to be clients thus avoiding arrest.
“We have in our possession a man’s shirt. We suspect that the robbers had a change of clothes and left the banking hall during the evacuation of distressed clients,” the Regional Commissioner said.