Police dismiss Turkana siege reports
25 November 2013, 12:20
Nairobi - Police have dismissed reports that armed militiamen have
laid siege to a village and three police stations in Turkana County.
National Police Service spokesperson Gatiria Mboroki said Sunday the
insecurity in the area had been caused by a boundary dispute between the
Turkana and the Pokot causing tension.
According to Gitari, who was speaking on behalf of Inpector
General David Kimaiyo, police on patrol met about 200 armed Pokot youths who
had blocked the road, The Standard reports.
They then asked for more officers to be sent to the scene to
help them to contain the situation.
Earlier on, it had been reported that militiamen were surrounding
the village of Lorokon, home to the clashing rival Pokot and Turkana
communities, seized three police stations and put up "heavy
resistance" against police who had been sent to the area.
It had also been reported that a curfew had been imposed in
the area to contain the situation.
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