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A garbage truck driver was Thursday night shot and killed in cold blood as he waited for his truck to be filled with litter along Thika Road.

The driver identified by his colleagues as only Maina was driving a lorry contracted by the Kenya National Highway Authority to collect litter on Thika Highway when the incident happened at about 10 pm.

Police and witnesses said the victim was shot at least six times by a gunman who was armed with an AK47 rifle.

Maina had driven the lorry up to the Utalii Tunnel and parked it there waiting for the collected litter to be filled when a salon car pulled behind his truck.

Witnesses who survived the incident said one gunman jumped out and walked to where the driver was and shot him six times before he ran back to the car and drove off.

The other six men who were loading the garbage were not injured in the attack.

A team of police that visited the scene collected six spent cartridges and interrogated the other attendants who said they had picked garbage from the city centre and were headed towards Kasarani direction.

The takeaway car had also trailed the truck from the city centre, the witnesses said.

Nairobi police boss James Mugera said they are yet to establish the motive of the attack.

Police said the body was moved to the mortuary and that it seems the intention of the gang was to eliminate the deceased.

A team of detectives is investigating the matter.

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