Kenya's deputy president William Ruto targeted by gunmen

A man armed with machete was behind an attack on the home of Kenya's deputy president in the western town of Eldoret in which a guard was injured, police said on Saturday.

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

The media and public have been barred to about 500metres from the home and Rift Valley Regional Coordinator and Uasin Gishu County Commander are on scene.

Specialist forces were deployed to find the intruder, who hid in an unfinished building, police chief Joseph Boinnet said in a statement.

The deputy president is the second most guarded government official in the country after the president and his home is usually under a 24-hour watch by the paramilitary police officers.

Officers and residents outside DP Ruto's home in Sugoi
Officers and residents outside DP Ruto's home in Sugoi

He said the attacker hit the officer severally before gaining access to the home.

Police have cordoned off the home as they suspect the attackers are within the compound.

The motive of the attack is still unclear.

By the time of publishing this article, neither Ruto nor State House had commented on the attack.

  • Joey Payne