Eleven people were killed on Tuesday as they pursued Turkana raiders who had stolen livestock.
According to Marsabit police commander Francis Sang, eight of the dead are local home guards who were assisting security personnel while two are raiders.
Mr Sang said that one body could not be identified. It is believed to be a police officer’s.
The killings took place at Galole in North Horr constituency, which is in the new Chalbi District.
Mr Sang said that many others were injured during the chase carried out by the security agents and local homeguards.
By the time of going to press, it was not clear how many animals had been stolen.
“These raiders have long-range rifles, which surpass the police G-3 and AK-47 rifles,” the police boss said.
Residents said that the raiders struck on Monday morning and continued until Tuesday when police moved in to assist the homeguards.
“The raiders attacked herders at Galasa water point on Monday morning. Police came after the raiders had driven away the livestock,” area civic leader Diba Damballa, who spoke to Nation by phone from North Horr claimed.
According to the residents, the raiders stole more than 20,000 animals.
The scene of the attack is close to Lake Turkana, which separates Chalbi and Turkana districts.
Area MP Francis Chachu is said to have gone to the battleground yesterday alongside the security agents.
Since 2005, there have been a series of livestock raids between Turkana herders and their neighbours in North Horr. This has resulted in deaths of several people in the area.
Early this year, Mr Sang was injured when he led a contingent of security officers to pursue Turkana raiders who had attacked a village in Gas location in North Horr .
In Mau Narok, a feud between Maasai herders and the management of former minister Mbiyu Koinange’s farm continued yesterday, with the herdsmen demanding the reopening of a road that passes through the farm.
They said that the closure of the road was illegal.
The residents pulled down the metal gate to the road last week, but it was rebuilt on Tuesday and guards posted to protect it.
Area councillor Sorora ole Tikani said the Government should intervene to ensure the road was opened for public use.
Reports by Muchemi Wachira, John Njagi and Oscar King’ori