, MANDERA, Kenya, Jun 12 – Six people were killed during an ambush in ManderaCounty on Tuesday night.
Police said the attack occurred at Qooqae area as the people traveled in a pick-up truck to Takaba.
“The survivors have told us they were attacked when the gunmen emerged from a bush and sprayed the vehicle with bullets, killing four people on the spot,” Joseph Tenai, police chief for the area told Capital FM.
“Bodies of two other people were found this morning,” he added, saying those killed included school children who were in the vehicle.
“There are four people who have not been accounted for, and we don’t know where they are.”
The incident occurred even as Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo announced that heavy deployments had been sent to the region following recent series of attacks that left over 20 people killed in the last one month.
Police were yet to make any arrest by Wednesday afternoon, hours after the hunt for the assailants was launched. Last Thursday two people were killed and two others abducted in a fresh eruption of inter-clan clashes in Rhamu area of ManderaCounty.
Another three people were killed on the night of May 16 during an attack blamed on militiamen from the neighbouring Ethiopia.
Those killed were all women shot dead by the armed militia at Malkamau area.
“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.
A week earlier a police officer and a civilian were shot dead in an attack at a police station in Mandera, just hours after the government deployed the military to disarm militia in the restive border town.
Despite these attacks newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Joseph Ole Lenku insists that there is no cause for alarm.
Ole Lenku told journalists in his office on Tuesday that the security situation in the country was stable.