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Fresh attack in Mandera leaves 3 dead

MANDERA-MAPSNAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 – Three people were killed on Thursday night in Mandera during an attack blamed on militiamen from the neighbouring Ethiopia.

Those killed were all women shot dead by the armed militia at Malkamau area, police said.

“The militia just shot at the women and fled, we believe they came from the other side of the border,” a police officer from the region said.

North Eastern Police chief Charlton Mureithi confirmed the incident but did not offer any further details. “There was an attack that is being investigated. We cannot say much at the moment,” he said.

He said police were also investigating to establish if the attack had anything to do with the recent clash between militiamen from the Garre and Degodia which have been fighting in Mandera.

The attack came hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta summoned a crisis meeting with top police chiefs at State House, Nairobi to find a solution to spiraling crime in the country.

Earlier last week, his deputy William Ruto assured of their administration’s commitment to restore security.

On Thursday morning, the president met over 70 security chiefs at State House, Nairobi where he demanded to know what they were doing to end the security menace which has left dozens of Kenyans killed and many more wounded.

And for the first time, police chiefs from all the eight provinces were in the same meeting unlike previously when the president only met the Inspector General, his two deputies and the CID Director.

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Western, North Eastern and Nairobi provinces are the worst affected by the wave of crime experienced in the country in the recent weeks.

“The President is unhappy with the crime rate in the country, that is why he summoned the meeting and he has made it clear to us,” one of the officers who attended the meeting told Capital FM News.

“He (the President) has assured us of his support logistically but urged us to do more in eradicating crime in the country,” another officer said.


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