Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto targeted by gunmen

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Gunmen have attacked the home of Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto, moments after he left to campaign in the country’s election. A police officer guarding the residence was injured in the attack, which comes ten days before a fiercely fought general election.

Kenyas Vice-President William Ruto addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 21, 2016. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

A reporter for the Reuters news agency who is at the scene said the area leading to the compound is still cordoned off to the public and journalists.

He said no gunshots had been heard for at least an hour. A senior government official said an operation was ongoing to subdue the attackers, whose motives are unclear.

The vice president’s residence in the city Eldoret, which is around 190 miles northwest of the capital Nairobi, is usually guarded by an elite paramilitary police unit.

The country’s current President Uhuru Kenyatta is standing against opposition leader Raila Odinga in a race founded on decades of familial rivalry.

Mr Ruto is the running mate of Mr Kenyatta. Kenya’s last election, in 2013, was closely monitored following violence in the preceding the 2007 vote.

Then, more than 1,000 people were killed and many more displaced in election violence. But similar problems are not expected this year after the 2013 vote passed relatively smoothly.

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