6 reported dead, several injured in Arabal banditry attack


6 reported dead, several injured in Arabal banditry attack
A Police vehicle that transferred the bodies to the Baringo County Referral Hospital mortuary. Photo: Evans Kimaiyo

A total of six bodies of unidentified people were on Wednesday morning found dumped at Arabal location in Baringo South with gunshot wounds in the head.

They were picked police officers and taken to the Baringo County Referral Hospital morgue.

Although what caused their deaths remains unclear, preliminary reports indicated they may have been linked to the banditry activities in the volatile parts of Baringo.

Rift Valley Regional Commander Goerge Natembeya said an unconfirmed number of bandits had attacked the Arabal area, making away with 50 heads of cattle.

The bandits, Mr. Natembeya said, were pursued by over 70 police officers and in the resulting exchange of fire, some lives.

He said that as of Tuesday evening, one person had been killed and two cows shot dead.

Five police officers were also injured during the operation and are receiving medial care at a private hospital in Nakuru.

48 out of the 50 cows that had been stolen were also returned to their owners.

Mr. Natembeya also warned that the government would be deterred by ‘organised crime syndicates’, warning that illegal settlements and villages would be rid of and sanity in the region restored.

The latest comes in the wake on an ongoing security operation in Kapedo geared at flushing out bandits and recovering illegal weapons.

Interior CS Fred Matiangi, on Wednesday warned that the government  was keen on ending the insecurity menace in parts of Baringo and the Turkana borders.

He said the killing of a police boss in the region was not an act of banditry but a clear case of murder, warning those culpable to surrender before the security forces went for them.

“It is a clear case of murder. There was no conflict. It was a premeditated ambush that was targeting our deputy director of operations at the General Service Unit. We must stop pretending and put things candidly,” Matiang’i said.

The fallen GSU operation commander Emadau Tebakol is among 21 others who have been killed in the volatile parts of Turkana.

He also warned that leaders who were financing the activities would be pursued and prosecuted.

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