At least 10 people were killed by a police officer in Kenya, who went on a shooting rampage in bars, officials say.
The shootings happened in Siakago, 90 miles north-east of the country’s capital, Nairobi. (map, from bbcimg.co.uk)
According to local media the officer, in his 30s, opened fire in three different bars, killing one person in each of the first two bars and eight people in the third bar.
Then he tried to shoot himself but had run out of ammunition so gave himself up, police said.
“He has not talked and the motive is not clear,” said district commissioner John Chelimo.
He added that the suspect worked as a guard at his residence. On Saturday evening he had apparently gone out looking for a female friend but could not find her.
Among the victims are two of the officer’s colleagues from the provincial police, Charles Owino, a deputy spokesman in Kenya’s regular police division, told Reuters.
“He went from one bar to another and was shooting indiscriminately. Apparently he was looking for his girlfriend after he left duty,” he said.
“Apparently no-one was injured during the shooting – all those he shot at died,” Owino added.
Local radio reporter Antonin Newite said many townspeople did not realise what was happening because they mistook the gunfire for fireworks, as Hindus in Kenya have been celebrating the festival of Diwali.
On Sunday, a large protest outside Siakago police station started in reaction to the shooting spree, according to Nyaga Manunga, whose daughter was one of those killed.
“In Siakago there is no security,” he was quoted as saying by Associated Press. “Someone can’t just shoot 20 to 30 bullets without any reaction from the police.”