Five police officers including an OCS have been killed in Kapenguria after a suspected al-Shabaab militant opened fire at a police station in the area early today.
Kapenguria OCS Vitalis Ochido was shot dead alongside four other officers in the 5.30am attack.
Inspector general of Police Joseph Boinnet said an individual who had been arrested for terror links, grabbed a firearm from an officer on duty and shot at those who were at the station.
“A suspected terror suspect in custody seized a rifle and began shooting,” the IG said. “The station has been surrounded and efforts to subdue him are ongoing.”
The suspect whose name has since been given as Omar Okwaki Eumod had been booked at the police station last evening and was set to appear in court today.
He had been arrested at Nakwijit area within North Pokot Sub-County on accusations of recruiting young people from the area to join al-Shabaab militant group.
It is believed that he had planned his escape from the cells moments before he seized the rifle and begun shooting indiscriminately.
Reports indicate that the officer whose gun was seized had opened the cells to take in more suspects, when Omar snatched the gun from him and shot him dead before turning to other police officers who responded to the gunshots.
Gun shots were heard from the police station as late as 10am.
Details about the incident remained scanty. However, Mr Boinnet said more information about the number of casualties and their nature would be provided ‘soon.’
Elsewhere in Lamu, a terror suspect was killed and an AK-47 rifle recovered following a terrorist attack at the Mangai Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU) camp.
Several al-Shabaab terrorists attacked the camp but were repulsed by officers in a fierce exchange of fire.
Mr Boinnet said several terrorists are believed to have been killed or escaped with serious injuries.
It is during the ensuing pursuit that the firearm and other terrorist paraphernalia were recovered according to the Inspector General.
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