Six killed as police fatally shoot officer during raid on home

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Gunman shot dead after barricading himself in house in outskirts of the Kenyan capital

A Kenyan police officer has shot dead six people in a shooting rampage that happened during a police raid on his home on the outskirts of the capital, police say.

The officer was killed as he opened fire on officers who were looking for him in connection with a robbery.

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The man had fired randomly on a crowd gathered outside his home on the outskirts of Nairobi, police said.

A police source, who asked not to be named, said the man killed his colleagues and two civilians before he was killed when police reinforcements arrived.

There was a shootout at the man’s home before police stormed it and killed him. He used his weapon to fatally shoot himself, said a police official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Bunty Oyugi, a local politician, said he could hear people running from the residence.

Gunmen dressed in police attire and armed with police-style bullet-proof vests and military-style boots killed six police officers and four civilians in three attacks in Nairobi in October 2016.

Last week, a judge ruled that the government could not close The Standard newspaper after a court said it was violating the constitutional rights of journalists.

Nairobi county commissioner Jacob Ondari said there were a number of investigations into the police action on Monday.

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