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A Kenyan police officer on Tuesday went on a shooting spree, shooting dead six people, including his wife, and wounded two others before turning the gun on himself.
Africa Daily News, New York gathered that the rampage in a poor area of the capital Nairobi yesterday sparked protests by angry residents who blocked the road with burning tyres.
Police said the AK-47-rifle-wielding officer first shot his wife in the neck before firing indiscriminately at neighbours.
‘We have lost six people all shot by the police officer before he committed suicide,‘ area police chief, Francis Wahome said.
Two other people have been admitted to the hospital with injuries.
Wahome said the motive of the shooting was still unknown, adding, ‘We are told that the couple had issues and were quarrelling before.’
Cases of police officers shooting dead their spouses occur frequently in the East African country, where incidents of extrajudicial killings are rife.
Meanwhile, divers recovered seven more bodies Sunday from a bus that was swept off a bridge by a flooding river in Kenya, bringing the death toll from the tragedy to over 30.
The bus was taking a church choir and other travellers to a wedding in Kitui County on Saturday when it keeled over and sank beneath fast-flowing waters as the driver tried to navigate a submerged bridge.
Twelve passengers managed to scramble to safety but most aboard the stricken bus were unable to escape before it was swallowed by the muddy tide.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK