Terror suspect grabs rifle, kills 5 Kenyan police

Suspect under arrest when he snatched weapon, opened fire, local media reports

Terror suspect grabs rifle, kills 5 Kenyan police

World Bulletin / News Desk

Five police officers were feared killed in western Kenya on Thursday after an arrested terror suspect grabbed a rifle and opened fire, the country’s top police officer said.

The suspect was under arrest at Kapenguria police station, West Pokot county, when he seized a rifle and began shooting police, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett told local media.

The Star newspaper said unconfirmed reports described the attacker as a suspected al-Shabaab terrorist. Having turned violent at around 3 a.m. local time (0000GMT), he is reportedly holding officers hostage inside the police station.

Police spokesman Charles Owino told the newspaper a “serious exchange” had taken place.

Soldiers and police reinforcements have surrounded the station, which is around 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Ugandan border.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Temmuz 2016, 11:32