Girl rescued after police trail abductors to gas station

A four-year-old girl was yesterday rescued from her two abductors in a dramatic police operation in Athi River, off the Nairobi-Mombasa highway.

The girl was abducted from her parents on May 24 in Utawala. The abductors later called the parents demanding a Sh1 million ransom.

The police were alerted and immediately started trailing the kidnappers.

The man and woman were arrested outside a petrol station where they were waiting for the ransom before they could free the girl. Officers from Special Crimes Prevention Unit staged the rescue operation and later declared the girl was in a stable condition.

This comes a week after a seven-year-old boy, who was abducted from their Loresho home in Nairobi, was also rescued.

The boy, a pupil at an international school, was rescued from a house in Kawangware, where he was being held by a woman.

The family's house help and her daughter were arrested after it emerged they were behind the kidnap. The help's daughter was found with the boy in her one-roomed house in Kawangware, where she was making calls to the parents of the boy demanding a Sh3 million ransom.

Officers said the house help had conspired with her daughter to commit the offence.

The two suspects are expected in court today.

Head of Special Crimes Prevention Unit Pius Gitari said they were investigating to establish if there were other parties involved in the latest incident.

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