NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 14- An Administration Police Officer was on Saturday killed during an ambush by cattle rustlers in Todonyang area within Turkana County.
The AP was among other security officers who had recovered a herd of cattle stolen from a local Catholic church.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet says the officers managed to repulse the raiders killing several of them.
“The cattle were recovered by the officers who fell into an ambush as they came back,” he told.
Despite various intervention to stop the archaic activities among pastoral communities, the menace continues to persist and has claimed tens of police officers and innocent Kenyans.
Though perceived a traditional activity, authorities say it has since been turned commercial with a section of politicians accused of being the main beneficiaries.
In 2012, 42 police officers were killed during an ambush by cattle rustlers in Suguta Valley, Samburu in one of the worst attacks on law enforcement agencies.
Another hot spot in the country is the Kibigori border of Kisumu and Nandi Counties.
A report by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights revealed that cattle rustlers killed 573 people within the North Rift region between 2005 and 2015.
Over 1,000 were injured and 573 houses burnt to ashes during incidents of cattle rustling.