News 2008


Armed gang robs tourists

Daily Nation


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 investigations.

The gangsters, armed with AK47 rifles, stormed the exclusive Villa Max along Casuarina area just hours after the tourists had checked in.

Double blow

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 road.

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 recently.