American missionary shot dead

Nairobi - Gunmen shot and killed an American missionary in the western Kenyan town of Malaba during an attempted robbery, police said on Wednesday.

"Unknown gunmen, presumably thugs, on Tuesday at about 19:45 burst into the house of a US preacher, Paul Arnold Ritch, and shot him after he refused to give them the money," the local police commander, Alex Rono, told AFP by telephone from the town of Kakamega.

He said Ritch, aged about 62, hailed from Maryland and worked for the Bible Brethren Church. He had arrived in Kenya five weeks ago.

Rono said police were investigating the murder, but no one had been arrested.

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