, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 23 – A man was shot dead on Tuesday after he slashed a policeman with a machete outside Nairobi’s Central police station.
When the attacker – who was armed with a machete and knife cut the officer – the policeman dashed into the station, grabbed a gun and shot him dead.
The policeman was rushed to the nearby Nairobi Outpatient medical facility and later transferred to the Kenyatta National Hospital where he is nursing serious head injuries.
Nairobi’s Central Police Station chief who addressed journalists after the incident said the man may have been mentally ill.
“Preliminary investigations show the man was receiving treatment at Mathari Mental Hospital,” he stated.
He said they found documents in the deceased’s pockets showing he had been admitted to the mental health facility.
“The officers thought it was an ordinary citizen who wanted to report something,” he said.
“After he was asked what he wanted, he just removed the machete and attacked the officer.”
Wanjama said all police officers working in the station are on high alert in the wake of terrorism fears.
“Any person who would want to attack a police station as per the instructions we have been given, the officers will hit back,” he warned.
Capital FM News spoke to Kelvin Kyalo who witnessed the attack that occurred shortly after midday.
“The man had the machete hid in his jacket. He attacked the police officer. There was no argument,” he recounted.
The incident comes a day after another machete-wielding man was shot dead after attempting to attack Ndia MP Stephen Ngare.
The man was shot dead by the MP’s bodyguard who sustained injuries alongside a school head teacher.