Gunmen raid Kenyan deputy president's rural home

Police and curious members of the public on

Police and curious members of the public on

Gunmen attacked Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto's residence in the western town of Eldoret on Saturday when Mr. Ruto and his family were absent, local television stations reported.

"More security personnel have been deployed and a security operation is ongoing", the officer said.

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

Police expressed fear that other suspects involved in the attack could still be holed up in maize farms in the area.

A police officer guarding the residence was injured in the attack, which comes ten days before a fiercely fought general election.

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The armed attackers are said to have forced their way into the home shortly before 1pm on Saturday.

Recce squad officers arriving at Deputy President William Ruto's home in Sugoi, Turbo constituency, which is under attack; on July 29, 2017.

"The injured officer is undergoing treatment and is in a stable condition", Boinnet said, adding that Ruto's house was secure. "Specialist officers have been sent to deal with the intruder", Boinett said in a statement.

Mr Ruto was not at home at the time.