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Two Injured in Loima Banditry Attack

A two year old boy and an elderly man were over the weekend injured in a banditry attack in Loima sub county,Turkana County

Loima Sub County Police Commander Wilfred Mogere said the boy sustained an arrow injury on his back during the 8pm incident.

“The man was shot on his thigh and the boy sustained an arrow injury on his back but luckily they survived,” said Mogere.

They are recuperating at Lodwar county referral hospital.

Mogere said no deaths were reported during the incident which comes as a set back to the peace that had been enjoyed in the sub county for some time now.

The attack is said to have been conducted by Jie people from neighbouring Uganda.

Meanwhile, two other separate banditry attacks were reported in Lomelo in Turkana East Sub-County and Todonyang in Turkana North Sub County.

In Lomelo, the attack involved Turkana and West Pokot communities where gun shot rendered the air as raiders attempted to steal livestock.

At Todonyang, Merille bandits from South Sudan had crossed into the Kenyan border with the intention of stealing livestock.

County commissioner Muthama Wambua said the bandits could be taking advantage of the fact that chiefs’ barazas had been stopped due to the Corona virus pandemic that requires the public to observe social distancing.

“We are exploring ways of ensuring that chiefs and other leaders are able to engage the public on peace messages like we have done in the past,” said Wambua.

By Peter Gitonga

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