Hostage siege under way at Kenya police station, 4 dead

2016-07-14 11:02


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Nairobi - A suspected extremist being held at police station in western Kenya grabbed a gun and shot at police officers, killing four, leading to a hostage situation, an official said on Thursday.

Police surrounded the Kapenguria police station to bring the stand-off to an end, police Inspector General Joseph Boinnet said in a statement on Thursday, without giving any details about casualties.

Police commandos have been deployed to rescue other prisoners from the station and try to end the standoff, Kenya's police chief, Joseph Boinnet, said.

"His attempts to escape were thwarted by quick arrival by other officers," Boinnet said.

The station commander was among those killed, West Pokot County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga said.

He said the man was suspected of recruiting for Somali armed group al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab has launched a series of attacks against Kenya in recent years, including using local recruits. The group says the attacks are aimed at driving Kenyan forces out of Somalia, where they are part of an African force fighting al-Shabab.

More than 100 al-Shabab members raided a police station in northeast Kenya last week, wounding one officer and making off with arms and ammunition.

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