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Six police officers killed in Kapenguria police station attack

At least six police officers are feared dead after a gun attack in Kapenguria Police Station early this morning.

The attack is believed to have been planned by a suspect arrested by police on the suspicion of being an Al-Shabaab terrorist. The man had been arrested two days earlier by police and detained at the Kapenguria station.

The early morning raid was conducted by a gunman who had come to the rescue of his colleague. The gunman is said to be holding some of the officers hostage and was still shooting as at 8 am.

Sources indicate the arrested terrorist suspect had been arrested for planning to recruit youths from West Pokot county into joining the militant group.

The suspect is believed to have planned the attack while still in police custody from the cells.

The Kapenguria OCS chief officer Vitalis Ochido is among those shot by the gunman but is reported to be still alive.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett and National Police Service spokesman George Kinoti confirmed the incident but did not divulge details on the matter.

Police spokesman Charles Owino also confirmed the incident saying there was a “serious exchange” but did not also further elaborate.

The station is situated close to the county commissioner’s office and the county’s assembly.

Reinforcement has been sent to the station to solve the siege with area officers having surrounded the stations in efforts to subdue the gunman.

Al-Shabaab fighter killed in Lamu

One suspected Al Shabaab fighter has been killed and several others injured in a botched raid of Mangai AP camp in Lamu County.

The militants attempted to attack the security camp in the botched raid in the early morning incident.

Confirming the incident, AP Commandant Abdullahi Adan, said an AK-47 rifle and three magazines were recovered during the swoop.

This comes barely two weeks after officers at the Mangai camp in Lamu East repulsed an attempted Al Shabaab attack.

JSC declines to reveal reasons for disqualifying candidates from CJ, DCJ interviews

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has declined to make public its reasons for knocking out certain applicants for the posts of Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice and Supreme Court judge.

This, despite concerns raised by the public, individual lawyers and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), that the lack of transparency would not engender public confidence in the process.

“I feel it is important for preserving public confidence in the process that the reasons for which the candidates who did not make the shortlist be made public at the earliest possible convenience,” LSK President Isaac Okero wrote in a letter to acting JSC Chairperson Professor Margaret Kobia.

Former JSC member Ahmednasir Abdullahi is among those that have called into question the criteria used to shortlist the applicants for the job of Chief Justice from 14 to six.

“14 candidates applied for CJ and only 6 are shortlisted for interviews. Give me a break… is this 1988 mlolongo elections rigging ala KANU?, he posed adding “Last time 12 candidates applied for CJ and all 12 were interviewed.”

Trump to announce running mate tomorrow

White House hopeful Donald Trump will announce his pick for vice president in New York Friday, he said on Twitter, as speculation runs rampant over a handful of potential running mates.

Among those believed to be at the top of the Republican’s list are Indiana Governor Mike Pence, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

“I will be making the announcement of my Vice Presidential pick on Friday at 11am in Manhattan. Details to follow,” the 70-year-old real estate mogul posted on Twitter late Wednesday.

In an interview earlier in the day with Fox News, Trump said that he had narrowed the field down to “three, potentially four, but in my own mind, I probably am thinking about two.”

The announcement comes just one day after Trump finished campaigning in Indiana alongside Pence, the 57-year-old governor who is seen as someone with a steady tone who might soften Trump’s combativeness.

“I’m honored to be considered and humbled to be considered,” Pence told reporters Wednesday.

 

 

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