Four killed in renewed Mandera fighting

Saturday June 29 2013

By SUNDAY NATION Team [email protected]

Four people were killed and at least ten others injured in inter-clan fighting in Shirshir village, Mandera County Saturday morning.

Armed men suspected to be from the Garre community raided a village inhabited by the Degodia in a dawn attack.

According to Mandera County commander David Bunei, the gunmen later attempted to attack a General Service Unit (GSU) camp at Malkamare but were repulsed by a combined team of police officers and Kenya police reservists.

Despite efforts by the government to end the clashes, several people have been killed and others injured in persistent clashes pitting the two Somali clans in a fight over distribution of resources. A fortnight ago, two people were killed and two girls abducted in Rhamu.

Last week, calm was restored after a meeting between leaders from the Mandera and Wajir counties and Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo. President Uhuru Kenyatta had warned that if the violence persisted, the government would start a forceful disarmament exercise.

In Nairobi, seven suspects were killed and five firearms recovered by police in three separate incidents.

In Kariobangi, police arrested five suspects with three firearms–an AK-47 rifle and two pistols. The suspects were also found with explosives, bullet proof vests, military and police uniforms, a police radio, assorted crude weapons and eleven rounds of ammunition.

Starehe OCPD Samuel Kanampiu said the suspects were arrested following a tip off from the public.

In Kabete, Dagoretti OCPD Mathew Gwiyo said police killed two armed gangsters who had raided an M-Pesa shop along Nduaru Road. The suspects had escaped into a nearby swamp but they were surrounded by residents who alerted the police. After a two hour operation, the two were shot dead and the firearms—a Ceska pistol and a Taurus revolver—recovered.

Mr Gwiyo said the two were suspected to be behind the murder of a Chinese national in Riara area on June 19. The Chinese man was walking to a supermarket when thugs grabbed his bag with Sh100,000, $200 and his passport. When he resisted, he was shot in the neck.

In Kihara, five suspected gangsters were lynched next to Mahindi police post. Seven armed men had raided a residence when the alarm was raised. A pursuit ensued and two men managed to escape. According to the locals, three of the deceased were relatives who lived in Rongai.

In Migori, police have arrested a clinical officer for allegedly assisting to procure an abortion that led to the death of Third Year student of Rongo University. He is expected to be charged in court Monday.

The man who operates a chemist in Migori town was said to have given the social studies student some drugs last Thursday to get rid of the pregnancy after which she went back to college.

But Saturday, she began bleeding heavily and was rushed to the college clinic, which was unable to handle the emergency. She was transferred to Rongo Level Four Hospital where doctors were unable to bring the bleeding under control.

The woman died enroute to Kisii Level Five Hospital where she was being transferred for further treatment.

Migori OCPD Alfred Makoma warned female students against engaging in casual, unprotected sex which often led to unplanned and unwanted pregnancies.