Couple narrowly escape machete bandits on rural road in Kenya

06-12-2018 11:12

This is the terrifying moment three men armed with machetes chase a couple down an isolated road.

Americans Bryant and Lauren Swenson had taken a detour down a dirt path in rural Kenya when they were ambushed by the trio.

The pair live in the capital Nairobi and had been driving into the bush around the Great Rift Valley to film a fitness video.

As they approached the settlement of Maai Mahiu they came across three masked men trying to rob a local bus.

The vehicle, known as a matatu, managed to take off and the masked men charged at the Swensons’ Toyota Land Cruiser instead.

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Bryant put their car into reverse as the men ran at them wielding their machetes, known as panga in the local Kiswahili language.

He goes backwards for several metres before quickly putting the 4×4 back into first gear and slamming his foot on the gas pedal.

They then speed off down the bumpy road with the men chasing.

The extraordinary attempted ambush, which happened on November 30, was filmed on the couple’s dashcam.

Machete attack Terrifying moment American couple narrowly escapes machete-wielding bandits on rural road in Kenya Bryant and Lauren Swenson were driving on a dirt road near Maai Mahiu, Kenya, on November 30 when they encountered a white van that was being robbed picture: storyful/ Lauren Swenson METROGRAB
The men chase after the Swensons car

Bryant can be heard saying ‘I don’t like that’ as they approach the stationary white matatu.

As the three armed men suddenly appear from behind the vehicle and run towards the American’s car, a passenger says ‘drive, drive forward.’

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Lauren can then be heard asking ‘are they still behind us?’ and the passenger in the backseat confirms they are still on their tail.

Soon afterwards a police vehicle catches up with the bandits and gunshots can be heard at the end of the film.

The couple moved from Cedar City, Utah to Nairobi with their three children a few years ago to set up a CrossFit gym.

Bryant posted on his Facebook: ‘Our fitness can prepare us for life, but there are times when things happen so fast that we can only give credit to God for His protection.

Machete attack Terrifying moment American couple narrowly escapes machete-wielding bandits on rural road in Kenya Bryant and Lauren Swenson were driving on a dirt road near Maai Mahiu, Kenya, on November 30 when they encountered a white van that was being robbed picture: NO CREDIT Facebook Collect METROGRAB https://www.facebook.com/lauren.swenson.90?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/bryant.swenson?eid=ARAVtSmKs0hv1Wq-2BSFuk6TRtQVlV2rw9YckaJ_cEdfa9QMeAzgZd74vrJlCDdTHIHxZ1Lwx_jR72yi&timeline_context_item_type=intro_card_relationship&timeline_context_item_source=554633898
Bryant and Lauren Swenson moved to Nairobi with their three children to start a CrossFit (Picture: FirstPower CrossFit)

‘This happened yesterday on our way up to Kijabe with Shiv Simani, Collins Monde, and Lauren.

‘We came upon 3 bandits robbing a matatu. I had to back up long enough to roll my window up before passing by the guy wielding the panga (machete.)

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‘The guy on the far left had a handgun, but couldn’t get it out of his waistbelt in time.

‘They chose this spot for ambush because the road is very rough, but fortunately we were in my 80 series. Also thankful for a manual transmission.

‘Just before encountering the bandits, we passed two armed police on foot.

‘The gunfire you hear at the end of the video are the cops engaging. We are thankful to have been gone before the gun battle erupted.’

Machete attack Terrifying moment American couple narrowly escapes machete-wielding bandits on rural road in Kenya Bryant and Lauren Swenson were driving on a dirt road near Maai Mahiu, Kenya, on November 30 when they encountered a white van that was being robbed picture: storyful/ Lauren Swenson METROGRAB
The footage was captured on the couple’s dashcam and ends with police gunshots

Lauren gave an interview to her local TV station KUTV in which she said they ended up on the dirt road as a diversion away from a traffic jam on the main highway.

‘At the time I didn’t really realise “wow, this is happening to us.”

‘It was just a normal day except for these three thugs.’

She added that their escape proved ‘It’s just not my time yet.’

In a Facebook post to go alongside the video, she wrote: ‘Kenya is an amazing place. We have grown (and been stretched) since moving here, and we have come to know Kenyans as some of the warmest, most welcoming people.

‘This incident is an exception, not the rule.’

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