Armed gang robs tourists
Story by DANIEL NYASSY
06. March 2008
Hopes of a happy holiday in the Malindi sun were dashed for eight
Italian tourists when a gang of armed men raided their exclusive
villas and robbed them.
The six robbers attacked and injured three of the tourists who
were rushed to the local St Peterís Hospital on Tuesday night.
They were said to have been treated and discharged.
The raiders stole about Sh1.4 million in Euros and US dollars.
They also stole jewellery, cameras, ornaments and passports.
Area police boss Gregory Waikwa said initial reports pointed to an
inside job and a former worker is assisting police with
The gangsters, armed with AK47 rifles, stormed the exclusive Villa
Max along Casuarina area just hours after the tourists had checked
Unconfirmed reports said the villas belong to an Italian Member of
Parliament who was, however, not among the victims.
The incident was a double blow for the tourism industry as it took
place soon after another posh villa, the Sh10 million Kilima Upepo
was gutted by fire at the Sabaki-Mijikenda area along Malindi-Lamu
The caretaker, Mr Nocciolini Remo, said the fire began at the
nearby Agricultural Development Corporation farm.
Malindi Town has of late been experiencing a wave of robberies.
Last year, five suspected gangsters were shot dead by Flying Squad
officers amid protests from residents that they were not criminals.
Early this year, three gangsters raided a villa occupied by
British citizens in the Casuarina area but were cornered by angry
residents and set on fire.
A British in Watamu and a German in Diani have been killed