One man killed, 134 live­stock stolen in herders’ at­tacks

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

One per­son has been killed and 134 live­stock stolen in a se­ries of at­tacks in the Ke­rio Val­ley be­tween Pokot and Marak­wet herders. The man was shot dead on Monday, a day after 107 cows and 37 goats were stolen in a raid by suspected Pokot ban­dits. Three pri­mary schools have been closed – Ch­e­sawach, Tot and Tot Shin­ers. El­geyo Marak­wet county po­lice com­man­der Sharif Ab­dal­lah said the ban­dits at­tacked Kachenyut, Karel and Biyaa vil­lages in Kibaimwa lo­ca­tion, in­jur­ing one per­son. He said po­lice of­fi­cers con­duct­ing an op­er­a­tion in the volatile val­ley re­pulsed the at­tack­ers. “Herders from the two com­mu­ni­ties en­gaged in a shootout. One Marak­wet man was killed dur­ing the at­tack,” Ab­dal­lah said. He said the herders have un­reg­is­tered firearms. In­te­rior CS Joseph Nkaissery was to tour the Ke­rio Val­ley on Fri­day, but the visit was can­celled in­def­i­nitely.

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