Armed People Attack Residence of Kenya's Deputy President

A police officer guarding the residence was wounded, KTN News reported, while NTV News said gunshots could still be heard from the scene.

Rift Valley regional coordinator Wanyama Musiambo who is at the home declined to comment on the operation.

Security forces are trying to establish if there are still attackers in the deputy president's "expansive" home near the town of Eldoret, some 312 kilometres northwest of the capital Nairobi, a senior police officer said.

Armed attackers raided Deputy President William Ruto's home in Sugoi on 29 July.

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"The injured officer is undergoing treatment and is in stable condition".

The DP's home has since been cordoned off and Recce Squad officers have been deployed.

Sources said a police in charge of the home's security was killed, adding that gunmen are Somalis and that they had pretended to be selling sheets. Members of the public were barred from accessing the heavily guarded home.

"Kenyans at this moment want to peacefully participate democratically in electing their leaders and no criminal element or group should be allowed to jeopardize peace at this critical time", Moi said.

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