May 20, 2024

Six people killed with several injured in a tragic clash between bandits and residents

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Six people killed with several injured in a tragic clash between bandits and residents

A clash between bandits and residents leaves six people dead with sixteen others injured at the West Pokot-Turkana border

A clash between bandits and residents leaves six people dead with sixteen others injured at the West Pokot-Turkana border

According to reports, the six were killed on Tuesday at Lochacha village in West Pokot County in a clash that is said to have involved cattle rustlers and area residents.  

Residents claim three of their own who were pursuing cattle rustlers were killed by security officers.

They also claim that they also managed to kill three cattle rustlers who had made away with an unknown number of goats.

The conflict happened in an ambush that escalated to clashes. 

In addition, 16 people were injured during the stand-off between residents and bandits.

West Pokot County Police Commander Peter Katam confirmed the incident and said they had opened a probe into the matter.

“We have deployed more personnel to ensure residents are in peace,” he said. 

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West Pokot Deputy Governor Robert Komole called on President Ruto to address the security issue in the region.

“President Ruto we request you to kindly address the issue…we have spoken about the NPR for a very long time but there is no attention that is being given to that effect.”

The incident comes after Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki was in parts of Baringo, Laikipia, and Samburu two weeks ago to assess the security situation.

During the visit, the CS sounded a tough warning against those perpetuating criminal activities in the area.

“The government is determined to permanently destroy the intricate infrastructure of banditry by going for its benefactors, beneficiaries, accessories, planners, and executors,” he said then. 

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