9 killed by Somali clan in Mandera
02 July 2015, 21:59
Nairobi - A clan militia from Somalia on Wednesday crossed into
Kenya and clashed with local herdsmen, leaving nine people killed and
six others injured, an official has said.
The militia allegedly from Marhani clan entered Kenya's northeastern
county of Mandera and reportedly attacked herdsmen of Murule community,
said Northeastern Regional Coordinator, Mohamud Saleh.
"We have not established the motive behind the attack. The militia
had crossed into Kenya from Somalia and killed nine herdsmen and injured
six others," Saleh said, adding that the militia has escaped back into
Saleh refuted reports that Somalia-based militant group Al- Shabaab was behind the attack.
The army and police have since stepped up border patrols to thwart such incursion, he said.
This is not the first time that the two communities have clashes, and
violent conflicts involving pastoralists have become widespread and
increasingly severe in the country's northern region.
The Murule blames the Marhani of supporting Al-Shabaab which has
carried out several attacks in Kenya and killed hundreds of people.
The Mandera region has long been restive due to Al-Shabaab threats.
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