, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 30 – Thirteen people have been killed and three others are nursing serious gunshot wounds after two communities clashed over livestock in Samburu County.
Heavily armed raiders from the Samburu community are reported to have invaded Lomirok village which is inhabited by Turkana’s, and made away with 205 camels and two donkeys during the 3am incident.
According to councillor Lawrence Lorunyei of Nachola, the raiders attacked several manyattas and drove away the animals prompting a fierce shootout between the raiders and the residents.
Lorunyei said the raiders drove the animals towards Ngilai area in Baragoi district where they are being pursued by a contingent of security personnel deployed to quell mounting tension.
According to residents, tension is high with fear that the attacks may continue as the community attacked earlier plans retaliatory assaults.
Residents have accused security officers of taking too long to act on information provided by the members of the public over the looming attack.
They alleged that some security officers could have been behind the attacks as they also took long to respond to distress calls from the victims despite it being a short distance from where the animals were stolen.
The incident comes barely a day after Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka toured the area and called on the residents to embrace peaceful coexistence in order to foster meaningful development.
The vice president was on a three day tour of the Samburu County where he took his presidential campaign to woo the pastoral communities to support him.