Four killed and one injured in bandit attack
18 November 2014, 20:55
Isiolo - At least four people were
killed and another injured in Isiolo County of northern Kenya after heavy armed
suspected bandits strike on Monday evening.
Isiolo County Commissioner Wanyama Musiambo confirmed on
Tuesday that among those killed at Elad village include a civilian, a
conservancy scout and two Kenya police reservists who also lost their two
firearms and ammunitions to the bandits during the raid.
Musiambo confirmed that the raiders suspected to be from
Samburu East raided the area on Monday night.
"We want to warn the bandits that their days are
numbered and that the government will not condone this again. We will mobilize
all our officers and machineries in our disposal to disarm the
communities," Wanyama said.
The government administrator said several police officers
have been deployed to the areas to truck for the suspects along the Ewaso Nyiro
area in order to recover the firearms.
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Wanyama regretted that it was unfortunate that this was
happening two days after eight people were killed last week, bringing the
number of those killed to 12 in a week.
Clashes between the rival cattle-herding pastoralists in the
region are common, with herders often carrying guns to protect their animals,
but the recent fighting has been unusually heavy.
Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo condemned the killing and
accused the Samburu community of reigning terror on Isiolo side by restocking
and killing innocent people.
The Governor called on the government to carry out a mop
exercise to disarm Samburu East in Samburu County to ensure that these clashes
might not escalate, urging the communities to embrace peace and dialogue while
the government struggles to come up with a lasting solution to end the menace.
Livestock herding is the main livelihood and source of
income in northern Kenya, and the hike in cattle thefts threatens to ignite
cross-community reprisals and raids that could set the stage for a surge in
ethnic fighting in the region.