Police constable Abdihakim Maslah who was shot dead after killing OCS Vitalis Ochido and three other officers in an attack at Kapenguria police station, July 14, 2016. /COURTESY
A policeman, not a terror suspect, killed an OCS and three officers at Kapenguria police station on Thursday, the Star can now reveal.
Police constable Abdihakim Maslah was attached to the station but had been serving at an outpost.
Maslah was a radical who stormed the station to rescue a suspected al Shabaab terrorist who is a teacher by profession.
The officer who hailed from Garissa county graduated from the Kiganjo police training college in 2013.
Multiple sources said Maslah, who attacked his colleagues and held others hostage for hours, was angry that his boss re-assigned him duties.
The sources said he had troubles with his commanders and wanted a transfer that was declined.
It is alleged he returned to the station in West Pokot county at about 4am and started shooting at his colleagues.
Maslah is said to have shot at officers who tried to access the station from a strategic place of hiding. He was shot dead after the arrival of the General Service Unit Recce squad.
Police had claimed the shooter was a terror suspect who had been arrested on Tuesday.
IG Joseph Boinnet said the gunman was a suspect arrested over links to al Shabaab, who turned violent, grabbed an officer’s weapon and shot the four dead.
Reports had indicated the man was arrested at Nakwijit area in North Pokot subcounty.
But sources said terror suspect and teacher Omar Eumond (pictured below), who was to be taken to court today, was alive and in the cells.
South Rift regional commissioner Wanyama Musiambo had no comment on whether Masla was a policeman.
He told a press conference in Kapenguria that he could not comment as investigations were ongoing.
Musiambo said the man stormed the station while armed, and killed and injuredseveral people but did not give a number.
Suspects in cells were evacuated and none of them was injured, he said.
Al Jazeera news reported the man was shot dead by the Recce squad officers during a gunfight.
Attempts to reach Boinnet and police spokesman Charles Owino to confirm the details were futile.
West Pokot county commissioner Wilson Wanyanga confirmed OCS Vitalis Ochido was killed.
He did not give details of the attack saying they were awaiting other reports.