Kenyan police say thieves tried to break into the home of Sarah Obama,
the grandmother of U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama.
85-year-old Obama told police and Kenyan media that the break-in
attempt occurred early Wednesday at her home in the western village of
She told a Kenyan newspaper, The Daily Nation, that
the thieves tried to get into the house through the kitchen door and
then tried to remove a solar panel from the roof.
Police say they have arrested four suspects in connection with the incident and are now giving Obama 24-hour protection.
Obama was born to a white American mother and a Kenyan father. The
Democratic Party candidate is wildly popular among Kenyans, who take
pride in his run for the presidency.
Sarah Obama is his step-grandmother.
Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.