Samburu: Man shot, injured in fight over cattle
A 34-year-old herder was on Friday afternoon shot and injured during a cattle theft incident in Marti, Samburu North sub county.
The afternoon incident attracted the attention of police officers based at Marti police station as two communities exchanged fire.
A police officer who is not authorised to speak to the media said: “We were in a group of other officers from the General Service Unit, Kenya Police, Administration Police and National Police Service patrolling the area when we heard intensive gun fire from Ngomorosio seasonal river.”
The seasonal river acts as a central water point for two communities living in Samburu North.
Herders usually take their cattle to the river at different times as per a directive from local elders to avert conflicts.
The officer said that they rushed to the water point and found that cattle rustlers one community had ambushed those who had taken their livestock for water.
“They had to protect their livestock and that is when a gunfight ensued,” he added.
Other sources indicate that it took the security officers over an hour to neutralise the afternoon raid.
The raiders escaped to the nearby thicket with multiple injuries while the injured herder was taken to Marti dispensary.
Samburu County Commander John Muiruri confirmed the incident and assured locals that patrols would be intensified.
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