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Kenya Deputy President Ruto's home stormed by gunmen

The body of the intruder who was killed during an attack at DP William Ruto's home is taken to Moi referral hospital mortuary Kenya Deputy President Ruto's home stormed by gunmen
Christy Curtis | 30 July, 2017, 01:59

Deputy President William Ruto gestures during an interview with Kenyan journalists in NY yesterday.

Police and officials from Ruto's office were not immediately available for comments. "Specialist officers have been deployed to deal with the intruder".

Mr Ruto is the running mate of Mr Kenyatta.

Ruto's home sits in Kenya's western Rift Valley area, the flashpoint for an outbreak of election violence after the disputed 2007 polls that killed 1,100 people and tarnished Kenya's image as a regional beacon of safety and stability. Kenyatta is seeking a second and final term in office.

Kenya Deputy President Ruto's home stormed by gunmen

However, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett said a GSU officer manning the gate to the DP's home was accosted by a lone machete wielding attacker.

Ruto was not present during the attack, the details of which remain unclear. Typically the deputy president's residences are heavily guarded by an elite paramilitary police unit.

Analysts have been anxious about violence around the election and the Islamist extremist group Al-Shabab recently threatened to disrupt the vote.

A reporter for the Reuters news agency who is at the scene said the area leading to the compound is still cordoned off to the public and journalists. The International Criminal Court (ICC) put both men on trial for orchestrating the violence.

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