Tension is high in Tot Marakwet East after four herders chased, shot dead and scores injured by 60 heavily armed bandits.
The Saturday mid-afternoon attack at Kapkobil grazing area, 60 heavily armed bandits believed to have originated from the nearby county fled with hundreds of livestock.
Elgeyo Marakwet County police commander Patrick Lumumba noted that the armed bandits chased the herders and opened fire at them.
“Our officers are still tracing the armed bandits who fled by River Kerio to Baringo County. We have liased with our colleagues around there to assist in the hunt,” said the police commander.
Mr. Lumumba advised the communities to report any suspicious information that will help police in eradicating such attacks.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects were seen along Kerio Valley one day before they raided the community, but the communities never reported such complaints, we need to join hands to eradicate such attacks in Kerio Valley,” he said.
He also dismissed the allegations that security officers did not respond in good time to take charge of the attack, adding that they were notified three hours after the attack that happened along the pasture-rich Kerio River banks.
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