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Fierce gun battle as bandits surround GSU camp and school

Daring rmed bandits attack General Service Unit (GSU) camp in Kapindasum, Baringo County leading exchange of fire for more than two hours.

Armed bandits have attacked Kapindasum Primary School and the neighboring General Service Unit (GSU) camp in Baringo County.

According to reports, the incident started at 10 a.m. on Tuesday with a fierce gun battle between the attackers and the GSU officers lasting for more than two hours.

The bandits are said to have surrounded the GSU camp and the Kapindadum primary school. 

It’s unclear if any student has been held hostage by the gunmen.

Preliminary reports also indicated that the students are held in their classrooms as they wait for the incident to be contained by the police officers.

“At around 10 am, bandits attacked the GSU camp in Kapindasum. There are reports that the incident may have also involved a school. When I talked to the teacher, I was told they were afraid.

“They are reported to have surrounded the school and the gunshots can be heard,” an NTV reporter who spoke with a police boss in the region announced. 

GSU officers were also said to have been cornered after the bandits sealed escape routes. 

The motive behind the attack is also yet to be known, as the cattle rustlers have not issued any demands as of now. 

However, the attack may be perceived as a retaliatory attack to the ongoing joint Kenya Defence Forces and Police operation to flash out armed militia in the region. 

Bandits may have also targeted the camp to steal weapons including firearms and ammunition. 

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The situation comes weeks after the bandits shot at Kapindasum pupils while they were going for lunch.

The Kapindasum primary school has in recent years been targeted by bandits. The government in 2019 closed the school over the frequent attacks by the bandits.

The primary school was however re-opened in January following President William Ruto’s orderd a multi-agency team involving the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and police officers. to restore order in the North Rift.

The school had also been closed from 2017 to 2019 over the incessant attacks by bandits.

Interior CS Kithure Kindiki visited the school on July 24 and announced that the government through KDF and the National Youth Service (NYS) will reconstruct the school together with other schools in North Rift that have been damaged by bandits.

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