, TURKANA, Kenya, Aug 17 – At least eight people were killed and dozens others wounded during a cattle raid in Turkana on Tuesday morning.
According to police, the raid occurred at about 4 am at Mugur division in Turkana East district.
Over 2,000 heads of cattle were stolen during the raid which police said was carried out by raiders from Pokot district.
A police officer based at the Rift Valley Provincial Police headquarters in Nakuru told Capital News that seven people were killed on the spot while the eighth died on the way to hospital.
“They raided the manyattas in the morning and opened fire at villagers who were still sleeping. Most of those killed had come out to confront the attackers,” he added.
Bodies of those killed were still lying at the manyattas on Tuesday afternoon.
Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere later told Capital News that a team of officers deployed to the area had been slowed down by the harsh terrain and poor state of roads.
“We have received the information but our officers are still trying to access that area. We have not yet established the exact number of people killed in the attack,” the police chief said.
“I have already deployed a chopper to that area, we should be getting all those details shortly,” he added.
Mr Iteere said the Rift Valley Provincial Police chief Francis Munyambu was leading the team pursuing the stolen livestock and the raiders.