Search for missing soldier continues in Tana River
02 January 2013, 16:42
Police officers in Tana River are still combing the area and its environs to look for their colleague who disappeared after Kipao village raid where over 40 people were killed and scores injured following the clash between Pokomo and Orma communities.
The Administration police officer whose name is withheld is said to have been assigned duties with others to maintain peace and order in the area due to the tense air created by the attacks.
Tana River District Commissioner David Kiprop said that the officers consisting of GSU and Administration police are combing villages and forests in the region to know the fate of their colleague.
He explained that the officer was assigned duty at Kipao village after attacks which claimed lives of innocent people and several of the raiders killed by irate members of public.
“The officer is one of those who were deployed in this region recently to maintain peace and order and he was accompanied by his colleagues to provide security at Kipao village shortly after Pokomo youths attacked Orma killing them,” he noted.
Kiprop said the soldiers realised later that one of their colleagues was missing and informed their senior officers who then directed the search.
However, since his disappearance, the search has not yet yielded any fruits with sources saying that he might have been killed and burnt or his body dumped to unknown area.
When the officers were deployed in the area to provide security, there was tension with Ormas warning the Pokomo people in the village to leave.
Other sources said that the officer might have been mistaken with Pokomos by Ormas since he looked like a Pokomo youth.
“We fear that he might have been killed when he went there to provide security,” said the source who refused to be named.
Tana River county is still tense with some locals calling the government to control the situation to avoid further attacks leading to more loss of lives.
Mohamed Bocha an Orma elder said that they still live in fear of being attacked by Pokomo community.
“In fact there is a village called Danisa which we fear they may be planning to strike again after Kipao because it is highly populated.
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