A suspected terrorist and his wife were shot dead and six police officers were injured during a security operation in Nairobi that lasted 12 hours and came to an end Sunday (May 19th), Kenya's Capital FM reported.
Police stormed the three-storey apartment where the couple lived in the Githurai Kimbo suburb Saturday at around 7pm and ordered all the residents to evacuate. All the residents complied with the police order except the couple and their 8-month-old daughter.
As police entered the building, the suspects threw grenades at them, injuring the six officers. Police responded with live ammunition and the couple reportedly used their baby as a human shield.
The baby, who was exposed to teargas, was taken to hospital for medical attention and is otherwise safe, according to Kasarani commanding officer Augustine Nthumbi.
"These are people who were heavily armed," Nthumbi told journalists. "We have already recovered two hand grenades and they had expended four of them that were lobbed to the officers at different times. We also recovered 64 rounds of ammunition."
Police said the couple had lived in the apartment for two months. They identified the man as Felix Nyanganga Otuko, but the name of his wife was unknown. The baby will be handed over to the Child Welfare Association.
"These are suspected terrorists and we all know what they have been doing within Kenya," Nthumbi said. "And you can see how they hide by living among the other members of the public."
Police carried out the operation in response to a tip from the public.