At least four police officers including Kapenguria OCS have been killed with a few others injured when a gunman attacked the Kapenguria Police Station in West Pokot County on Thursday morning.
The Kapenguria OCS (Officer Commanding Station), Vitalis Ochido was murdered as the gunman grabbed an officer’s gun and began shooting indiscriminately.
West Pokot county commissioner Wilson Wanyanga who confirmed the death of Kapenuria OCS could not give the actual number of attackers but said security agents were trying to end the siege
The attack culminated to a siege calling for the need for deployment of Special Forces sent to the scene.
A suspect identified as Omar Eurmod is said to be behind the attack. The suspect was to face charges for luring county youths into becoming terror group al Shabaab fighters.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said the attacker was arrested over terror links at at Nakwijit area in North Pokot sub-county.
It is alleged that police seized the suspect on Wednesday and he was due to be arraigned in court this morning.
Before he could be taken to the court, he seized the gun belonging to a Report Office officer who had opened a cell for roll call and opened fire and shot him fatally.
Boinnet in a statement said his attempt to escape after the shooting were thwarted by prompt response by the officers from General Duty, Quick Reaction Team and GSU, who have surrounded the station.”
He said the number of casualties had not been confirmed and added that the elite Hostage Rescue Team was sent to rescue prisoners and end the stand off.
The gunman has been holding some of the officers hostage since taking over the station and is still shooting.
The reinforcement team deployed is yet to enter the station because the gunman has been shooting randomly.
A chopper with more police officers and a helicopter with members of the GSU Recce squad have landed at the location.
Police spokesperson Charles Owino had confirmed “serious exchange” but did not give details.
Schools near the police station have been shut down.
In another place in Lamu, a terror suspect was killed early Thursday morning during an ambush 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 is not clear but police claim they were about 10.
An unconfirmed report linked the attackers to other reported militant who has killed the Kapenguria OCS in a police station raid early in the morning.
Boinnet did not confirm this but Wanyanga said: “Nobody can confirm what transpired since those who had information are dead. We are waiting reinforcement so as to unveil the truth.”