Kenyan po­lice ends siege at Deputy Pres­i­dent’s home

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Nairobi, Kenya - Elite Kenyan se­cu­rity forces on Sun­day killed a man at the home of Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto, end­ing a 20 hour siege that left one of­fi­cer dead and an­other wounded, se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said.

Ruto and his fam­ily were not at the vast prop­erty in the north­west of the coun­try when Satur­day’s at­tack be­gan, less than two weeks be­fore what are ex­pected to be tightly-fought elec­tions.

Ruto con­demned the vi­o­lence at a cam­paign rally on Sun­day. “Those who seek to frus­trate our unity, un­der­mine our progress or work to­wards de­stroy­ing our na­tion­hood will not suc­ceed,” he said in the town of Mu­rang’a.

There are dif­fer­ing ac­counts on how many at­tack­ers were in­volved but the in­ci­dent ap­peared to have ended on Sun­day when Kenya’s po­lice chief Joseph Boin­net said one as­sailant was shot and killed. “The sit­u­a­tion is un­der con­trol,” he said, not­ing that the drama started when a ma­chete wield­ing man at­tacked and badly in­jured a po­lice of­fi­cer guard­ing Ruto’s home, be­fore storm­ing the com­pound.

Re­gional se­cu­rity co­or­di­na­tor Wanyama Musyambo said the as­sailant then took one of­fi­cer hostage in a room used as an ar­moury by po­lice guards. “Be­ing in the ar­moury, he was at an ad­van­tage and was fir­ing var­i­ous weapons.”

One of the of­fi­cers and the gun­man were killed in the ac­tion, Musyambo said.

(AFP)

A file photo of Kenya’s Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto (left) with Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta in Nairobi

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