Two killed in renewed tribal clashes in northwest Kenya
13 January 2015, 08:04
Kitale - Two people were killed along the border of Trans-Nzoia and West Pokot counties in renewed clashes between Pokot and Luhya communities as a result of cattle rustling attack, police said on Monday.
Pokot cattle rustlers struck Namawanga village inhabited by members of the Luhya community and shot dead a local farmer before stealing three bulls from his home.
In a revenge, Luhya tribesmen hacked to dead a Pokot man who operates a motor cycle taxis after they found him ferrying two passengers to Karnyarkwat market.
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The killing of the man sparked off protest from members of the Pokot community who thronged to Kapkoi market vowing to revenge over the killing. Police were summoned in to stop the warring groups charging at each other.
"Two people have been killed, one from both sides of the warring communities, and we have deployed officers to patrol the border to quell tension," said Kwanza police commander Wilfred Mongere, adding that officers in the area have been directed to pursue and recover the stolen cattle, and ensure those involved in the killing arrested.
By Monday evening, calm had returned in the area amid security patrols.
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