The United States embassy in Kenya has confirmed a shooting incident outside its offices in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Thursday afternoon.
“Confirmed, Shooting incident near the Embassy. No Embassy personnel were involved. We refer you to Kenyan authorities for further details,” their tweet read.
Local media reported from police sources that a man was shot dead by security detail guarding the US Embassy in Nairobi. The shooting it was said occurred at the entrance of the VISA section.
“There has been a shooting outside the embassy and a man is dead,” a senior police officer said.
Kenya’s Capital news portal quotes a police chief as confirming the attack. According to Vitallis Otieno, the deceased was shot after stabbing a security officer in the hand and injuring him.
Otieno added that; “the officer sustained injuries in the head and hand after the confrontation in which the attacker had tried to grab a gun from him.”
Following the incident, heavily armed police officers were immediately deployed to the scene and sealed off part of the road as investigations got underway.