11 herders, three cops killed in Marsabit inter-clan attack

In Summary

• Police say heavily armed men stormed the Fora village and started shooting indiscriminately killing 14 people.

• Achoki says police will disarm those with illegal guns.

A herder waters his sheep from a shallow well in North area of Marsabit County.
A herder waters his sheep from a shallow well in North area of Marsabit County.
Image: KNA

The residents of Fora have been warned against retaliating attacks against the Gabra community.

This comes after heavily armed men stormed the Fora village largely resided by the Jaldesa community  killing 11 people and three police officers.

This is the latest attack amid escalating tribal clashes within the county.

 

Marsabit county commissioner Evans Achoki on Wednesday said police have since launched a man hunt for the perpetrators believed to have disappeared in thin air within the Gabra community.

Achoki said the incident happened in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

According to the police boss, the armed militia entered Fora village at around 5 am in the morning killing indiscriminately innocent herders.

Among those killed were ten years old boy whose private part was cut off.

Achoki while calling on the residents to calm amid rising tension and fear, he said security reinforcement has been deployed.

Achoki said security officers have been instructed to comb the areas and disarm all illegal gun holders.

So far the victims have been laid to rest.

In May this year,  two women and a boy were killed in the deadly episodic attacks that have been blamed on inter-clan feuds over pasture, water resources and politics.

Attackers raided Manyatta Konso village, sprayed bullets at homesteads leaving three boys with serious injuries.

The inter-clan clashes has been going on between the Borana, Gabra, Rendile and Burji communities with latest being Jaldesa.

Though local leaders have been condemning the attacks, government said it is investigating some of the leaders suspected of inciting residents into retaliatory violence.

Eastern regional commissioner Isaiah Nakoru said they had found out that some leaders have been inciting residents to gain political mileage. 

Addressing the press in his Embu office alongside Eastern region police commander Eunice Kihiko, he said once there is sufficient evidence the leaders will be arrested and charged.

“We cannot allow people to be killed because of incitement and then the leaders start blaming the government.  If the leaders are not working closely with the government and other security agencies there is not much that can be achieved,” he said