Published On: Thu, Jul 14th, 2016

Five Kenyan police officer killed in Al Shabaab attack


At least five police officers are feared dead after a gunman attacked the Kapenguria Police Station in West Pokot County.

The attack prompted a siege that saw Special Forces sent to the scene. A senior officer whom locals said is the Officer Commanding Station is among those injured and the suspect was identified as Omar A suspect identified as Omar Eurmod had been arrested at Nakuiit on suspicion of being a terrorist.

Police booked the suspect in custody without searching him and knowing he had a gun. It was then he turned on the officers on duty fatally wounding the five in an attack.

More details of the incident remained scanty but Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet confirmed the active shooting, saying more officers have been deployed to subdue the suspect.

“A suspected terrorist in custody seized a rifle and began shooting. The station has been surrounded and efforts to subdue him are ongoing,” said Boinnet

He did not say if there were casualties but indicated efforts to end the siege were on without giving details. Elsewhere in Lamu, a terror suspect was killed early Thursday morning during a raid at a police camp.

The attack occurred at Mangai Rapid Deployment Unit Camp where police engaged terrorists in a gunfight, injuring several others.

Officers on the ground said one officer was injured. The exact number of the attackers who raided the camp at 3am remained unknown but police estimated it at more than 10.

Boinnet said a major security operation was underway, with a back-up team deployed there Thursday. It came days after a security car was hit by an IED in Ishakani area at the Kenya- Somalia border. One officer was killed and two others wounded in the Tuesday evening incident.

The Standard 

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