(By Estera Popowska)
At least 46 people were killed and several others wounded by raiders, Kenyan authorities said Tuesday adding that security has been beefed up along the restive Turkana- Pokot border in northwest region following the incident.
The incident took place on Monday after a raid by bandits believed to be from Turkana on a village in Nadome area on the Turkana-East Pokot border, Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Osman Warfa said while confirming the deaths according to Xinhua.
“The attack took place in Nadome village which is not accessible but the raiders escaped after the murder. They also stole unknown number of animals,” Warfa reportedly said by telephone.
Rift Valley regional police commander Gideon Amalla said security has been deployed in the clash-hit region to help bring normalcy in the region.
“We are heading to the scene to help establish the exact number of people killed on Monday. There were some murders but I cannot ascertain the figure until I reach the scene,” Amalla told Xinhua by telephone.
Amalla reportedly said a contingent of Kenya Defence Forces and police officers have been deployed to restore calm and pursue the attackers who made away with cattle. Amalla said an unknown number of animals were taken by the Turkana raiders.
Residents said the attack by the Turkana raiders was retaliation after Pokot rustlers attacked a village in Baringo and stole 100 goats.
Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) said 15 people were killed - eight people were killed at Lomirok village on Sunday while six were killed at Sarima village on Monday - at the Samburu-Marsabit border.(Xinhua)