Kenyan police officer kills six in shooting rampage - police

The officer first killed his wife before shooting five other people with an Ak-47.

Kenya Defense Force soldiers 370 (photo credit: REUTERS)
Kenya Defense Force soldiers 370
(photo credit: REUTERS)

A Kenyan police officer shot dead six people in a rampage through the capital, Nairobi, on Tuesday and then shot and killed himself, police said.

The officer first shot and killed his wife at their home before setting 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.

"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.

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.

 A man crosses the road during the closing of businesses on First Avenue in Eastleigh district of Nairobi, Kenya November 16, 2021. Picture taken November 16, 2021.  (credit: REUTERS/THOMAS MUKOYA) A man crosses the road during the closing of businesses on First Avenue in Eastleigh district of Nairobi, Kenya November 16, 2021. Picture taken November 16, 2021. (credit: REUTERS/THOMAS MUKOYA)

In a 2010 incident in Kenya, 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.