Australian teacher shot dead in botched daylight robbery in Kenya

An Australian teacher has been shot dead while walking home in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Fairfax Media reports Gabrielle Maina was gunned down at about 10am on Thursday (local time) during a daring daylight street robbery.

It’s believed Ms Maina's purse was snatched by the rider or riders of a motorcycle.

A local security company confirmed a “Caucasian woman” had been killed in the incident adding that a “a 9mm cartridge was recovered at the crime scene."

Gabrielle Maina was shot dead while walking home in Nairobi. Source: Facebook

Ms Maina was working as the headteacher at Nairobi's Hillcrest school.

"It is with great sadness and shock that we are writing to let you know that Gabrielle Maina, Head Teacher of Hillcrest Prep has been tragically killed whilst out walking this morning,” the statement read.

"She was returning home after dropping her son at a friend's house.

"Condolences to Gabrielle's family."

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said they are "providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian woman who died in Kenya".

"Due to our privacy obligations, we will not release further details," DFAT added.

More to come.