Seven suspected thugs were gunned down on Sunday night around Industrial area, Nairobi.
The thugs are said to have been in the area to steal gas cylinders from a warehouse in the area.
According to Nairobi Deputy Commandant Richard Kerich, the gang had apparently gone to the go down and held two guards on duty hostage before they started to load the cylinders onto another lorry.
Police who responded to the incident were alerted by members of the public.
Seven of the suspects were gunned down on the spot while five others escaped but were later arrested and the gas cylinders recovered.
The bodies were moved to the City Mortuary.