ICC Note: An al-Shabaab operative has murdered at least four police officers in the station where he was being detained on July 15, according to reports. Witnesses say the attacker seized the weapon of one of the prison guards and proceeded to shoot four police officers; he then locked himself in a room, preventing the guards from capturing him. The assailant is a suspected al-Shabaab recruiter, the primary Islamic jihadist group that has terrorized Kenya and Somalia since their formation in 2006. They are known for targeting Christians, in particular, with violence in line with their adherence to a radical brand of Islamic practice.
07/14/2016, Kenya (Vice News) – A suspected recruiter for Somalia’s al Shabaab militant group wielded deadly revenge on Kenyan police on Thursday, after he snatched a weapon from a guard and shot dead at least four officers at a station near the Ugandan border where he was being held under arrest.
The suspect was detained on Wednesday and taken to the Kapenguria police station for interrogation and grabbed the weapon during a routine roll call early on Thursday morning, according to a local officer, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
“I can confirm that four police officers have been killed but they could be more,” the officer told Reuters.