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One person killed during attack

A  herdsman  was  on Thursday  killed and 24 heads of cattle stolen during an attack by suspected bandits of Chesegon  area along the West Pokot/Elgeyo Marakwet counties border.

The  12 noon  attack  left  residents  along the border worried of the frequent attacks and loss of many lives and livestock  stolen.

Confirming  the  incident, the  Pokot Central Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Were  Simiyu  said  the unknown number  of  assailants  from  the neighbouring county ambushed the man  who  was  looking after his cattle spraying him with bullets.

He  said the 35 year old man died on the spot as the armed bandits drove the cows towards Elgeyo Marakwet side.

“The  man was herding his cows in his own farm which is near Chesogon primary school when he met his death and following  which the attackers took away his 25 cows of which only one was later recovered,” he said.

Simiyu  observed that the area had been experiencing calm and peace for the last two weeks and wondered what transpired, saying the attack had brought tension again in the area.

“For the past two weeks the area has been peaceful but currently we are liaising with our counterpart Elgeyo Marakwet  county  security team to ensure that all the cows are recovered.

More  police officers have been deployed to the ground to contain the situation and prevent any retaliatory attacks,” he  said.

He added that the police officers are searching for the bandits who vanished into thickets with the cows.

One  of  the residents, Tito Lopuriang  put the blame on the government, saying it had failed to provide adequate security to the residents.

He claimed that the insecurity situation in the area had disrupted learning as it created fear among the parents to take  their children to school.

“The  man has  just  been   killed 100 metres away  from  the  police  post. The  armoured  vehicle  is  there  but  it could  not  prevent the death. This means as residents we have no option but to protect ourselves,” he scoffed.

By   John   Saina

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