Gunmen abduct man in Mandera, steal 200 goats

The gang of about 20 was armed with rifles

In Summary
  • Police visited the scene and failed to find the goats and the man.
  • They said efforts to get the man were ongoing.
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Police are investigating an incident in which gunmen raided a village in Lafey, Mandera and abducted a 20-year-old man.

The gang of about 20 which was armed with rifles also stole over 200 goats the man was herding.

A witness said the gang raided Jihin area at a Shallow water well and opened fire at two herders forcing one to escape on foot in the September 19 midday incident.

He later reported to police that Abdirahman Khalif, 20, was missing alongside the goats after the shooting drama.

Police visited the scene and failed to find the goats and the man.

Police say efforts to get the man were ongoing.

According to Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki, the government is deploying in Northern Kenya and Upper Coastal regions, including Tana River and Lamu, special forces and elite units to ruthlessly pursue and neutralize armed criminals who are terrorising innocent citizens.

This, he said, will effectively deal with the threat of terrorism and violent extremism.

“We salute and pay homage to our multi-agency security officers who have fallen in the line of duty, defending our nation and its people from criminals,” he said.

“The government will continue to equip our officers with modern weapons and technology to enhance their capacity to deal with criminals.” 

He said communities living in border areas must coexist peacefully and allow relevant government and judicial institutions to arbitrate whenever there are cross-border disputes.

On Wednesday, he told National Government Administration Officers to help resolve all historical grievances without taking sides.

“Political leaders must desist from inciting members of the public in the guise of addressing historical grievances. Any leader inciting violence and destruction of property will be apprehended and prosecuted, their political affiliation notwithstanding,” he said,

He made the remarks at Galledyertu Tana River County, which is among the areas affected by insecurity menace.

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