Marsabit County bleeds again after cattle rustling attack

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At  least  twelve people were killed  when suspected heavily armed cattle rustlers made two simultaneous attacks at a manyatta and a police post in Sagante/Jardesa ward, Saku constituency in Marsabit County  on  Tuesday  night.

The  Marsabit County Commissioner (CC), Evans  Achoki  said the government has taken appropriate security measures to calm the situation, including a combined air and ground intense operation.

Achoki  added  that three police officers attached to Jardesa police post were gunned down as they ventured out to answer to the distress call from Kukuto village in Qilta location  where unknown number of rustlers armed with rifles had raided.

The  CC  who  is also the Chairman of the County  Security Committee said the raiders killed eight herders and a child before making away with about 800 heads of cattle during the attack.

He  told  KNA  on Wednesday that the operation aimed at pursing and bringing to book the suspects and recovering the stolen animals was in progress with more than 100 heads of cattle so far recovered.

The  administrator  warned  against cattle rustling, adding that the government will firmly deal with any attempts to creep back the outlawed practice.

Achoki  appealed for calm as the government address the situation, noting that all culprits will be arrested and punished for the crime committed.

Bodies of  the slain police officers were removed to Marsabit County Referral Hospital while a team of doctors was dispatched to Qilta to conduct postmortem on bodies of the villagers shot dead during the attack.

By  Sebastian  Miriti

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