Unidentified gunmen attack home of Kenya’s deputy president

FILE PHOTO - A view shows the home of Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto in Sugoi village near Eldoret, Kenya, in this photo taken August 4, 2010. Picture taken August 4, 2010. REUTERS

Unidentified gunmen have attacked the home of Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto, in the western town of Eldoret which is about 300 kilometers northwest of the capital of Nairobi.

Ruto and his family were not there during the attack, but a police officer guarding the residence was wounded.

Ruto and Kenyatta spent Saturday campaigning in the counties of Kitale, Kericho and Narok, the president’s office said in a statement.

Local media said gunshots were heard at the scene.

A senior government official said a security operation was going on to subdue the attackers, whose motives were unclear. Typically the deputy president’s residence is guarded by an elite paramilitary police unit.

“For now we have nothing to tell you until the operation is over. Just give us time,” Wanyama Musiambo, Rift Valley Regional Coordinator, told reporters at the scene.

Police and officials from Ruto’s office were not available for immediate comment.

This shooting comes less than two weeks before Kenya’s presidential election where Ruto is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s running mate.