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Deaths feared in Kapenguria Police Station gunfight

"A suspected terror suspect in custody seized a rifle and began shooting," the IG said. "The station has been surrounded and efforts to subdue him are ongoing"/COURTESY-K24

“A suspected terror suspect in custody seized a rifle and began shooting,” the IG said. “The station has been surrounded and efforts to subdue him are ongoing”/COURTESY-K24

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 14 – There was heavy gunfire at Kapenguria Police Station in West Pokot County on Thursday morning, after a terror suspect in custody seized a firearm and engaged officers in a shootout.

Details of the incident remained scanty but Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet confirmed the active shooting, saying more officers had been deployed to subdue the suspect.

“A suspected terror suspect in custody seized a rifle and began shooting,” the IG said. “The station has been surrounded and efforts to subdue him are ongoing.”

He could not immediately confirm reports that some police officers had been killed during the incident.

Police Spokesman Charles Owino told Capital FM News that more information would be provided later.

Elsewhere in Lamu, a terror suspect was killed early Thursday morning during a raid at a police camp.

The attack occurred at Mangai Rapid Deployment Unit Camp where police engaged terrorists in a gunfight, injuring several others.

The exact number of the attackers who raided the camp at 3am remained unknown, but police estimated it at more than 10.

Boinnet said a major security operation was underway, with a back-up team deployed there Thursday morning.

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