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Uhuru expected in Turkana after police massacre

02 November 2014, 11:06 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected in Turkana to assess the situation following the massacre of 20 policemen.

The president is expected there any time this morning to offer the government's support to families of the dead officers who were ambushed Friday.

Initially, it was reported that seven officers from the General Service Unit GSU were killed and 17 others missing following an attack blamed on local tribesmen but the umber was revised to 20 Saturday night by police.

Police reported the seven dead bodies on Friday evening, then on Sunday morning recovered 13 more to bring the number to 20.

A State House official confirmed that the president will arrive in the area to call for calm as well as institute a heavy security operation.

Read also: Seven police killed, 17 missing after Turkana attack: police

" He is shocked at the frequent massacres and wants action taken, the source said.

The officers, missing since Friday, are believed to have been ambushed during an operation in the impoverished region of Lake Turkana in Kapedo, the scene of regular raids and score-settlings between rival communities.

The president has already expressed shock at the attack and is expected to order for a serious military operation to quell the violence in the region bordering Baringo and Turkana.

He is expected to be accompanied by top security officials including Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku.

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