embassyA suspected Al-Shabaab terrorist armed with a knife was shot dead outside the US embassy in Gigiri on Thursday after he stabbed a GSU officer manning the premises.

The 22-year-old unidentified man of Somali origin was killed by the officer he had stabbed in the head and chest.

Gigiri OCPD Vitalis Otieno said a confrontation ensued after the attacker grabbed the officer guarding the entrance gate to the visa section.

The man reportedly took out a knife he had hidden in his trousers and attacked the policeman.

Mr. Otieno said the injured officer shot him in self-defence as the man had also tried to grab his gun.

FBI agents and Kenyan authorities at the scene said the man was with two accomplices who fled after the shooting.

But police spokesman George Kinoti said the man was alone.

“It was a lone criminal who attacked a police officer.”

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