Wednesday 7 December 2016

Man shot dead after stabbing guard at US Embassy in Kenya

Published 27/10/2016 | 16:36

US embassy staff and Kenyan security forces in Nairobi following the attack (AP)
US embassy staff and Kenyan security forces in Nairobi following the attack (AP)
A man has been shot dead after stabbing a policeman guarding the perimeter wall of the US Embassy in Nairobi

A man has been shot dead after stabbing a policeman guarding the perimeter wall of the US Embassy in Nairobi, officials in Kenya say.

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Vitalis Otieno, the officer in charge of the Gigiri area that hosts several embassies, said a pedestrian walking along the street stabbed the policeman on Thursday and attempted to take his gun.

Mr Otieno said the identity of the attacker is known to police and says he is a Kenyan from the volatile region of Wajir.

The US Embassy confirmed that there was a shooting and said no embassy personnel were involved.

Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel were seen collecting evidence at the scene of the shooting.

Wajir county has been cited by Kenyan authorities as a hot spot for recruitment by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab from neighboring Somalia.

Al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops to Somalia to fight the militants. The group has carried out a wave of attacks in Kenya that have left hundreds dead.

The extremist group claimed responsibility for an attack on Tuesday in Mandera county that killed 12 people, saying its fighters were targeting Christians.

Al-Shabab is al-Qaida's affiliate in the region, and it hosted Fazul Abdallah Mohammed, who was accused of masterminding the US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 that killed over 200 people. Mohammed was shot dead by Somali troops in 2011.

Recently, Kenya has been battling the recruitment of youth by the Islamic State group, which is al-Qaeda's rival.

Kenyan police have linked three women who were killed after they allegedly attacked a police station in Mombasa to the Islamic State.

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