7th December, 2021
A Kenyan police officer went on a rampage in Nairobi Tuesday with an AK 47, shooting six people dead, including his wife and then capped his madness by killing himself.
According to the police report, the officer Benson Imbatu first shot and killed his wife at their home. He shot her in the neck.
He then set off with his service-issued AK-47 rifle to shoot dead another five people, police said in a report.
They did not say what had caused the rampage, which happened early Tuesday morning.
“The officer … went on a shooting spree where he shot and killed five people including two boda boda (motorcycle) riders one who died while undergoing treatment,” police said in the report.
Francis Wahome, the officer in charge of Nairobi’s Dagoretti area, confirmed the incident and the death toll but and gave no other details.
Two other people sustained gunshot injuries and are undergoing treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital.
The firearm was recovered alongside four bullets and four empty cartridges.
Angry residents near where the incident took place later set fire to tyres on a road in a protest against the violence, a Reuters witness said.
In a 2010 incident, a police officer in Siakago town, 120 km (74 miles) northeast of Nairobi, shot 10 people dead including two of his colleagues.
A police spokesman said at the time the officer tried to shoot himself but had run out of ammunition, forcing him to surrender to police.