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Police kill terrorist, thwart another al-Shabaab attack in Lamu
Officers outside the Kapenguria Police Station where a suspected al-Shabaab militant opened fire. Image: Twitter/@richybosire
The suspect, Omar Okwaki Eumod, who had been arrested a day earlier, grabbed a gun from one of the officers and opened fire.
“This morning at about 5.30am at Kapenguria Police Station, within West Pokot county, an individual who had been arrested for suspect terror links managed to grab a firearm from a report office officer and shot at several officers who were on duty,” said Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett.
The attack was thwarted after several officers from General Service Unit, quick reaction team and General duty surrounded the station.
Recce squad arrived soon after to end the hostage situation and rescue those caught in the stand-off.
“We have sent an elite Hostage Rescue Team to rescue other prisoners in the cells, and bring the stand-off to an end,” said Boinett.
The gunman at the center of the shooting has been killed, the actual number of casualties is still unknown. However, the Kapenguria police station boss Vitalis Ochido was reported to be among the dead.