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Ex-British army officer killed by raiders in Laikipia ranch

He was shot as he went to inspect the damage caused to a lodge in the ranch/COURTESY

LAIKIPIA, Kenya, Mar 5 – One of the directors of Sosian Ranch in Laikipia has been shot dead by raiders.

The rancher identified as Tristan Voorspuy, a former British army officer according to reports, was riding on a horse to inspect the damage at one of the lodges that was torched last Friday by bandits.

According to Martin Evans, the Chairman of Laikipia Ranchers Association, Voorspuy was inspecting the damaged caused by the raiders when the attackers open fire on him.

He died on the spot and it took hours for his body to be collected since there were fears the bandits were still lurking in the bushes.

On Saturday, a police helicopter was shot at in the same farm as security officers carried out aerial surveillance where illegal grazers and bandits have continued to wreak havoc.

Initial reports suggested that Inspector General of Police was in the targeted helicopter but he denied the reports saying he had already left the area.

A statement from his office Sunday criticised the media reports, terming them as “malicious and totally false.”

“At no time did the Inspector General and his entourage encounter any hostility of whatever kind or an attempt to shoot at the police helicopter as reported by two newspapers,” a statement issued by Police Spokesman George Kinoti said.

Boinnet said more police officers have been dispatched to the area to restore security following threats posed by illegal grazers who even set ablaze a ranch in the area.

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The police chief had toured the troubled ranches in Laikipia County following cases of insecurity in recent weeks after herders invaded private ranches.

The situation is tense despite the deployment of more police officers to comb the area.


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