Manhunt launched for gunmen who raided Equity Bank's Matuu branch

Robbery at Equity bank in Matuu

A major hunt was Tuesday launched for gunmen who disarmed police and raided Equity Bank Matuu branch in a heist.

Witnesses and police said the gang of three first attacked two police officers who were on duty at the facility and grabbed their guns before storming the bank.

They ordered some of the staff and customers present to lie down in the drama before they stormed out.

Police say they don’t know how much, if any, was robbed.

According to police, the gang also engaged responding teams in a shootout and they suspect one of the men was injured.

The raid is said to have lasted over 10 minutes before the gang drove off amid a chase.

A crowd surged at the facility long after the gang had escaped.

Police squads said they were pursuing the gang on the highway leading to Nairobi.

All police facilities were put on alert to lay roadblocks and stop the gang which changed tack and used a motorcycle to escape.

Equity Bank in a statement said security agents led by local authorities are on the scene investigating the incident.

"We had a distress incident today morning about unauthorized access into the banking hall of our Matuu Branch. Nobody was injured neither were the vaults accessed," the bank tweeted.

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