At least four police officers have been killed, after a gunman, suspected of being a recruiter for Somali Islamists, snatched an officers weapon and opened fire.
A suspected recruiter for the Somalian militant group al-Shabaab shot dead at least four Kenyan policemen in the station where he was being held on Thursday after he snatched a weapon from a guard, police said.
He was now holding other prisoners as hostage and police had surrounded Kapenguria police station in west Kenya, police Inspector General Joseph Boinnet said in a statement.
The man was suspected of links to terrorism, it said, without being more specific. The number of casualties was not clear, the statement said.
Another police officer, who declined to be name, told Reuters at least four officers were killed and that figure could rise. He said the man was suspected of recruiting for al-Shabaab.
Kenyan television channel KTN said as many as six officers had died in the continuing stand-off in Kapenguria.