IN BRIEF: Kenya as at 25/04/14

There has been a spate of armed carjacking in Nairobi and security forces are warning of a new modus operandi in the city.

According to police reports, there has been a recent increase of gunpoint robberies in the capital using a method of operation known as “bump-and-rob” or ”fender-bender”.

Criminals purposely cause minor accidents, so as to force the victim out of the car in order to exchange information.

Armed assailants then hold victims up and rob them. As a result, at least two people have been killed and two others injured over the past week.

The criminals are reported to have increased operations in the affluent areas of the Nairobi.

INSI advises journalists working in Nairobi to be aware of these “bump-and-rob” techniques and to not exit vehicles during traffic accidents, especially after dark or in isolated spots. If you are involved in an accident, ensure that the involved parties have no malicious intentions before leaving your vehicle.

Consider driving directly to the nearest police station where you can make a report.

Please contact INSI if you have additional information regarding the safety of news crews covering events in the Ivory Coast.


Note: The views here are those of the author and are personal reflections and safety advice. They are meant to assist journalists working in Nairobi, Kenya. INSI holds no responsibility for any ensuing problems as a result of this advice.

Photo: Traffic works its way down a busy Naiorbi, Kenya road. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)