Gunmen raid Kenyan deputy president's rural home

GSU Recce squad arrive at DP William Ruto's

Residents watch from a distance as police officer continue with a security operation at DP William Ruto's Sugoi home following an attack on Saturday, July 29.

Police and officials from Ruto's office were not immediately available for comments. "Specialist officers have been sent to deal with the intruder", Boinett said in a statement.

General Service Unit officers patrol outside the gate of DP President William Ruto's Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu County in 2014.

The gunmen have not been identified and the motive for the attack remains unclear.

The deputy president had left hours earlier for a campaign rally in the town of Kitale, where he joined President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Ruto's home lies in Kenya's western Rift Valley area.

According to opinion polls, this year's election will be close and tensions have been rising.

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.

Odinga has repeatedly accused the government of scheming to steal the election, while Kenyatta has accused Odinga of trying to delay the vote.

"Kenyans at this moment want to peacefully participate democratically in electing their leaders and no criminal element or group should be allowed to jeopardise peace at this critical time", Moi said.

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