A police officer in Kapenguria, in Western Kenya, shot several of his colleagues before taking others hostage. At least seven people died in the attack on Thursday morning.

From Al Jazeera

Kenya: Police officer ‘goes beserk’, kills 7 colleagues

The police report says Maslah, a station guard, got off work Wednesday night but returned to the Kapenguria station shortly after 5am on Thursday and started shooting.

A separate police statement to the media said the officer, “for yet unknown reasons, went berserk and grabbed a firearm” and started shooting.

That statement said the officer wore a “turban that covered his whole face, leading to the previous suspicions” that he was an extremist.

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From DW and All Africa

Kenyan Police Officer Shot Dead After Killing Six Colleagues

A member of the elite squad was also killed, according to local reports.

Police said the shooter snatched a gun from a guard and opened fire. The officers then surrounded the building, which also houses a number of other inmates. 

“His attempts to escape were thwarted by the quick arrival by other officers,” said Kenya’s police chief Joseph Boinnet.

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From Voice of America

Kenyan Police Officer Fatally Shoots Six Colleagues

“I knew the man. His name was Maslah. He was Somali Kenyan police officer at the station,” the anonymous officer said. “He had submitted a resignation letter to leave the police to his superiors. … So I think the attack resulted from the fact that he was disgruntled.”

The shooter was later shot by special forces who were deployed to the Kapenguria police station.

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