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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.

 - Xinhua

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