Police on Saturday shot dead four people who had kidnapped a Chinese national and demanded Sh100 million from his brother as ransom.
Detectives tracked the abductors to their hideout at Sun Track Estate in Dagoretti, Nairobi County, where they rescued the victim after a fierce exchange of gunfire.
The four, who included an Administration Police Officer defied an order to surrender and, as such, the police had to employ force in the rescue operation.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said the man was kidnapped from his shop on February 27 by a gang of people who pretended they were its officers.
“Forensic intelligence led the investigating team to Hse no. 2199, where the victim was being held under an armed four-men-guard, who had demanded a $1million (Sh100 million) ransom from his brother to secure his release,” the DCI said via Twitter.
Sources say two of the men killed in the incident are close associates of a member of county assembly elected in a Nairobi constituency.
A Nissan Tiida bearing registration number KCW 731L which was suspected to have been used in the abduction has been confiscated by police as investigations continue into the incident.