, NAIROBI, Kenya July 30 – It has now emerged that a General Service Unit officer was also killed during the night-long siege at the Sugoi residence of Deputy President William Ruto, according to police sources.
“Apart from the gunman, there is a GSU officer also killed,” one senior police officer told Capital FM News on telephone, “we have two bodies from the scene and all have been taken to the mortuary in Eldoret.”
He said the lone gunman had been using the officer as a human shield until 6 am when the special squad from the GSU managed to gun him down.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet only confirmed the killing of the lone gunman, but declined to comment on the fate of the officer, but we spoke to multiple police sources who confirmed.
“Yes it is true we lost an officer in the gunfight. So there are two people dead,” another senior officer briefed of the incident said, but was uncomfortable being named discussing what he described as a “sensitive and delicate police operation.”
It not immediately clear how the slain officer got into the room where the gunman was holed up, but police have confirmed that he is not the one who was ambushed and a gun snatched away from him when the attacker made way to the tightly guarded residence.
“The GSU officer who was ambushed and got injured after his gun was snatched by the attacker is still in hospital,” the senior police officer said.
The motive of the attack remains unclear, but Boinnet said an investigation has been launched.
The Deputy President had just left the residence for a rally in Kitale when the attack occurred, having left to join President Uhuru Kenyatta for a campaign rally in Kitale.
Uhuru and Ruto have not commented publicly about the incident which remains a puzzle given the heavy security deployment at the home.