Police said the gunman identified as Omar Eumond who is a former school teacher was killed by elite police squad, ending a siege which begun at around 4:30 am at Kapenguria police station.
The dawn incident happened after the man, who had been arrested by the police, snatched a gun from one of the officers on duty and started shooting indiscriminately at the police.
The station’s police commander is among five police officers feared dead after the gunman grabbed the police officer’s gun and turning violent on Thursday.
West Pokot County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga said the station’s commander was killed alongside other officers. “Nobody can confirm what transpired since those who had information are dead. We are waiting reinforcement so as to unveil the truth,” he said.
But the police said the number of casualties remained unknown. Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said the attacker had been arrested over terror links.
“A suspected terrorist in custody seized a rifle and began shooting. The station has been surrounded and efforts to subdue him are ongoing,” said Boinnet.
“His attempts to escape were thwarted by the quick arrival of officers from General Duty, Quick Reaction Team and General Service Unit, who have surrounded the station,” Boinnet said.
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.
Heavy blasts were heard inside the compound as the elite officers forcefully made their way in and launched an assault against the suspected militiaman. Enditem
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana