Gun­man at­tacks home of Keny­atta’s deputy

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EL­DORET: A gun­man and a po­lice of­fi­cer were killed in an at­tack on the home of Kenya’s deputy pres­i­dent in the west­ern town of El­doret, a se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tor said yes­ter­day, just over a week be­fore a na­tional elec­tion.

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto and his fam­ily were not at home at the time of the Sat­ur­day at­tack, po­lice said. Ruto is the run­ning mate of Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta, who is seek­ing a sec­ond and fi­nal term in of­fice in the Au­gust 8 elec­tion.

“From the ex­change of fire we thought it was more than one at­tacker, be­cause he used dif­fer­ent firearms, but af­ter we sub­dued him, we found only one man dead, plus our of­fi­cer whom he had killed,” Wanyama Mu­si­ambo, Rift Val­ley re­gional co-or­di­na­tor, told re­porters at the scene yes­ter­day.

Mu­si­ambo de­clined to com­ment when asked about the mo­tive of the at­tack, or the at­tacker’s iden­tity. The deputy pres­i­dent’s res­i­dence is guarded by an elite para­mil­i­tary po­lice unit.

Mu­si­ambo said the at­tacker ini­tially had no gun but man­aged to break into the po­lice ar­moury once in­side the com­pound.

“Af­ter the op­er­a­tion we dis­cov­ered that it was one gun­man, but be­cause he was in­side there, he could change po­si­tion and firearms be­cause he had ac­cess to the guns.

“And the guns he was us­ing were ours,” he said. Reuters

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