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Deputy President William Ruto

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

The attackers, who are believed to be seven in number, shot a police officer guarding the residence and took off.

None of the DP’s family member was at the residence during the attack. The incident happened a few minutes after the deputy president had left for Kitale.

NTV News also showed footage of heavily armed officers at the scene responding to the attack.

The incident comes some 10 days before Kenya’s presidential, legislative and regional county representative elections on Aug. 8.

Ruto is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s running mate. Kenyatta is seeking a second and final term in office.

The motive for the attack was unclear. Typically the deputy president’s residences are heavily guarded by an elite paramilitary police unit.