Police along West Pokot,Elgeyo Marakwet border on the lookout for bandits

Bandits have been warned against renewed attacks along the Turkana, Pokot border
Bandits have been warned against renewed attacks along the Turkana, Pokot border

Security officers along West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties have intensified patrols along the border after an unknown number of armed bandits attacked Kamologon village of Muino location in Pokot central Sub County and made away with an unknown number of cattle.

Confirming the incident Pokot Central Sub County deputy County commissioner Mr. Were Simiyu said the raiders ambushed villagers resulting in a heavy exchange of fire between the NPRs and the raiders which led to tension in the area.

He added that the police officers responded to the daytime banditry attack to support the NPRs but unfortunately the bandits managed to escape. “The attack happened on Tuesday during afternoon hours. The police officers have been deployed in the area to calm the tension and retrieve the stolen animals,” he said.

He added that as security agencies they have called for a joint peace meeting today in the area to help reduce tension.

He noted that the security team from Marakwet East, Pokot Central and Pokot South will have a peace meeting to help ascertain what happened and how the stolen animals will be retrieved.

He noted that the animals were taken to Elgeyo Marakwet County and officers have camped in the area in the search operation.

A fragile calm had returned along the border of West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i toured the region in February this year and called for more surveillance.