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MP dismiss claims that killings were related to border dispute

The  Lagdera MP, Mohamed Hire has dismissed reports that the Tuesday’s separate killing of a newly married woman and a 10-year-old boy were due to the long standing disputed boundary between Isiolo South and Lagdera.

Speaking in Janju village during an emotional Islamic burial of the two who were killed by suspected Borana bandits in Modogashe, Garissa County, Hire said that the killings took place 10 kilometres inside his constituency.

The two were shot dead separately by about 30 heavily armed militia who escaped on foot.

One of the suspects is said to be a Kenya Police Reserve (KPR) unit officer and was dressed in military jungle at the time of the attack. He was killed by security officers who responded to the attack.

“We are aware that some leaders want to make political mileage by creating bad blood between the two communities from Isiolo and Lagdera who have co-existed harmoniously and even intermarried for decades,” Hire said.

Hire cautioned his fellow politicians against, inciting their communities to shed innocent blood.

Dispute over the border and control of resources between the Somali and the Borana have claimed hundreds of lives.

The Lagdera OCPD, Fredrick Siundu urged the offended not to retaliate and to instead allow the police to pursue the killers.

“Retaliation will only make matters worse and will not resolve the dispute. Please allow us to investigate and pursue the culprits so that they can answer for their crimes,” Siundu said.

By  Jacob  Songok

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