Police in Mathare have gunned down five suspected thugs in what authorities claim to be an intensified war on crime.

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According to reports, two of those killed were pulled from their houses and killed, two others were killed in a funeral while the last was pulled from hospital where he was allegedly receiving treatment from bullet wounds. 

However, human rights groups say that police killed the suspects as a revenge measure. 

Mathare Social Justice Network official Kennedy Chindi has said that they have reported the matter to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority for investigations.

“There is a police officer who was shot dead by thugs in Mathare North near the Homechoice supermarket, now police are on a rampage of killing innocent youths,” he said.