• Seven cows have been recovered but two are still missing.
• The bandits raided Lokusero Primary School in Mukogodo East ward at around 9pm and shot several times in the air.
Police officers in Laikipia North subcounty are pursuing cattle rustlers who stormed a primary school on Tuesday night and stole nine cows.
Seven cows have been recovered but two are still missing.
The bandits raided Lokusero Primary School in Mukogodo East ward at around 9pm and shot several times in the air.
Laikipia county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said on Wednesday that out of the nine cows, seven had strayed into the forest and were recovered later. The rustlers fled with the other two.
“No fatalities were reported during the incident,” he said.
The bandits, who have yet to be arrested, are suspected to have fled to the neighbouring Isiolo county.
Cases of cattle rustling and banditry in volatile and troubled Laikipia county have subsided in recent months.
In October last year, gunmen fatally shot at three people and injured one in an attempted cattle rustling near Laikipia Nature Conservancy, in Laikipia West.
The bandits had earlier driven hundreds of animals from different homesteads, but a multi-agency security team managed to recover the animals.
The bandits returned to the village in a bid to revenge their failed mission.
Police said three gunmen made away with 32 cows and two sheep. While driving the stolen cattle towards Laikipia Nature Conservancy, the gunmen shot indiscriminately at the four who were fishing at Mbogo-ini dam.
Multi-agency security team responded promptly and an exchange of fire ensued. All stolen livestock were recovered.
Edited by A.N