Police say two men who were gunned down in Nairobi's Kilimani area were linked to a series of carjacking incidents and muggings that have happened in the area.

The men were killed along Chania Avenue where they had attempted to attack and rob a motorist.

The two gangsters had subdued a taxi driver and his client before robbing them of their mobile phones and taking over their Toyota Vitz.

As the suspects were bolting out, police officers responding to the victims' distress call blocked their way ordering them to surrender.

Police say the suspects opened fire to which, the officers responded fatally injuring the duo.

Four mobile phones including the two stolen from the victims were recovered alongside the three guns with six bullets.

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