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Two held over Kenya Briton murder
Joan Root
Joan Root helped make many celebrated wildlife films
Kenyan police have arrested two men in connection with the fatal shooting of British filmmaker Joan Root, who was killed at her home in Naivasha.

The 69-year-old was shot in her bed by an intruder armed with an AK-47 rifle during an apparent robbery.

The killing was the latest in a series of attacks on farmers and descendants of white settlers in the Naivasha area.

Joan Root collaborated with her husband Alan Root in making of many celebrated films about African wildlife.

The two men being held were identified by a sniffer dog which picked up their scent from the crime scene and followed it to their home.

A guard at the filmmaker's home, some 90km from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, had reported seeing two people breaking into the residence in the early hours of Friday morning.

It looks like they went there with the aim to kill her - they looked through every window until they identified the room in which she was sleeping...and shot her
Simon Kiragu
Naivasha Police Chief

Police said nothing appeared have to have been taken during the attack and the motive was not known.

Naivasha Police Chief Simon Kiragu told the Associated Press said the shots had been fired through a windowpane.

"It looks like they went there with the aim to kill her. They looked through every window until they identified the room in which she was sleeping - she kept a spotlight outside - and shot her."

He added that officers were "continuing to pursue other possible suspects".

Two bullets were recovered from the filmmaker's body following a post-mortem examination conducted in the Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.


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