NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 27 – A man was on Thursday afternoon shot dead by GSU officers guarding the US Embassy in Nairobi, police said.
The shooting occurred at the entrance of the VISA section on UN Avenue in Gigiri.
“There has been a shooting outside the embassy and a man is dead,” a senior police officer said.
When contacted, Gigiri Divisional Police chief Vitallis Otieno said: “The man was shot after stabbing a GSU officer in the hand and left him with injuries.”
He added that: “The officer sustained injuries in the head and hand after the confrontation in which the attacker had tried to grab a gun from him.”
Heavily armed police officers were immediately deployed to the scene and sealed off part of the road as investigations got underway, with the help of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) detectives.
Our reporter Joseph Muraya who spoke from the scene said he saw a man of Somali descent lying on the ground, just outside the public entrance to the visa section, with a bullet wound in the head.
Police said the attacker had been identified as a Kenyan from Wajir.
“We already know who he is, he has been identified as a Kenyan from Wajir, but we cannot provide more details at this time because investigations are underway,” Otieno said.
A statement from the US embassy confirmed the “shooting incident”, adding that “no embassy personnel were involved.”
The well-guarded US embassy in Nairobi is located opposite the main UN complex in Gigiri, an upmarket suburb in the city’s north popular with expatriates.