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Pokot raiders leave two dead, woman injured

09 June 2014, 14:23 Robert Chepkwony

Nakuru - Raiders believed to be from Pokot community raided a village in Kiserian location, Baringo East where they killed two people, made away with thousands of cattle and left a woman nursing bullet wounds in her legs.

The residents of Sitara village, mostly the Ilchamus, were left with no option other than vacate their houses for fear of another attack.

In the early Friday morning attack, about 150 young men armed with guns are said to have shot indiscriminately before making away with the herds.

The community’s spokesperson, Amos Lempaka said it took his intervention to make a direct call to Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku to ensure that police arrived at the scene, adding that CS Lenku sent a police chopper which helped in tracing the raiders’ up the shrubby hills.

“A combination of police, our young men and KPR led to recovery of the herds comprising goats, sheep and cows, though we cannot account for the exact number at the moment,” said Lempaka.

Area resident, a James Ole Meguren who is a father of four, told the media that the raiders shot at homesteads indiscriminately before making away with the herds.

“At about 7am, the raiders descended on a number of homesteads at Sirata village shooting indiscriminately causing the two deaths.  The injured woman is undergoing treatment at Kabarnet district hospital,” said Meguren.

The community is now calling on the government to intervene by putting up a military camp in the area.

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