Gang injures five camel keepers in Kwale

Sunday January 3 2016

Mr Isaak Ali, who was admitted to Mariakani Sub-County Hospital in Kwale County, shows the wounds he sustained after he was attacked by a gang of 40 armed men in Silaloni. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By CHARLES LWANGA
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Five men were admitted to hospital after they were attacked by a gang of armed men in Silaloni, Samburu Sub-County, in Kwale.

The camel keepers were attacked by men armed with pangas, bows and arrows as well as other crude weapons on Saturday morning.

The injured were being treated at Mariakani Sub-County Hospital while one is recovering at Coast General and Referral Hospital.‎

The victims said they were attacked by a group of about 40 people at 8.30am while they milked their camels.

Mr Khalid Abdul Hasan said two of his friends fell down after they were shot with arrows.

“I ran, but I was also shot with an arrow and fell down. I tried to plead with them for mercy, but they attacked me with rungus and pangas,” said Mr Hassan.

He said they were left for the dead after the beating but were rescued by Good Samaritans, who took them to hospital.

Another victim, Mr Abdi Mohamed, said a local administrator had called him last month and told him to move out of the area.

He said they had leased a piece of land in Silaloni, where they keep camels, goats and cattle.

Kinango OCPD Justine Muriithi Nyaga confirmed the incident and said police had launched investigations.

“We shall arrest those responsible for the attack. This seems like a grazing land dispute,” he told the Nation by phone.