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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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