Police have arrested two suspects with an AK47 rifle and 128 rounds of ammunition in Isiolo.
The duo, Yusuf Mohamed and Abdi Fatah Ibrahim were arrested by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) while aboard a Toyota Probox in Merti.
The detectives were patrolling along Duma-Yamicha Road.
“Spotting two suspicious vehicles both make Toyota Probox, the joint team of officers from DCI Merti and Yamicha Police Post signaled them to stop, but instead the two vehicles sped off,” said the DCI on its Twitter account.
The officers launched a pursuit of the suspects, where they opened fire at the police officer from one of the vehicles with registration number KCY 576H.
“A move that triggered an exchange of rapid shots in self-defense,” police said.
The suspects, however, surrendered after they were cornered by the officers.
A search in their car led to the recovery of the AK47 rifle, 128 rounds of ammunition, five magazines and nine magazine pouches, a military jungle belt, two mobile phones and several pen knives.
According to the DCI, the other vehicle managed to get escape the police snare, but detectives have since launched a hunt for other suspects involved.
Police say Ibrahim and Mohamed are currently being interrogated by the Bomb Disposal Unit and Anti-Terrorism Police Unit.