At least 42 killed, 68 injured in Mandera clashes
08 September 2014, 14:06
Mandera - At least 42 people have been killed and 68 others injured in renewed inter-tribal clashes in Mandera County, which borders Somalia in the past two weeks, a relief agency said on Monday.
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) said some 19,032 households have been displaced, 1,347 houses and 94 donkey carts burnt in a series of attacks in Mandera between rival communities.
"The attacks involved 11 communities which up to date has left 42 lives lost and 68 casualties, 1,347 houses were burnt, leaving community members homeless, some business premises looted and 94 donkey carts burnt. The nearby institutions such as schools and dispensaries were vandalized," it said.
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The agency said the situation has been complicated more by the recent Al-Shabaab militia attacks that hurled a grenade to the Mandera central police camp compound and engaged the police in fierce fire on Aug. 31.
This is barely two months after similar inter-clan attacks were experienced in the restive Mandera South and Wajir border where over 45 lives were lost and 13,536 others displaced households.
The red cross said increased insecurity in Mandera north has hampered humanitarian efforts which forced the agency to temporarily halt operations there late August after some of its workers were attacked. The agency has since resumed its activities.
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The perennial conflicts between the Garre and Degodia clans of Mandera and Wajir counties have been attributed to political and historical border disputes.
The feuding pastoralist communities in Kenya's north and southeast where clashes have been occurring have easy access to illegal weapons since the regions are close to porous borders with neighbouring countries that are either war-torn or are emerging from conflict.
The red cross said mass population movement is being experienced in search of safety where over 19,000 households are currently camping in various areas.
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