A security operation has been launched in North Eastern Province to curb the influx of illegal fire arms from Somalia and Ethiopia.
Speaking to the Nation on phone on Monday, Internal Security assistant minister Orwa Ojodeh said the operation started two days ago.
“We have ordered an operation in Mandera to flush out dealers in illegal arms from the neighbouring Somalia and Ethiopia,” he said, noting that immigrants had taken the local residents hostage.
But the residents said that the Administration Police, in conjunction with the Army officers, had tortured them and raped their women.
Mr Osman Abdi, the principal of Elwak Secondary School in Mandera, said that the security officers on the ground had used violence on the residents.
The area is largely inhabited by the Gare community and a few members from the Degodia clan.
Mr Ojodeh noted that the area was fast becoming a security threat with trade in illegal arms flourishing. “If we don’t take care of such arms, we will have no country in future,” he said.
On Monday, several people fled to a camp in Wargadud from their homesteads in fear of police brutality.
Before then, normal life had slowly been returning in Mandera Town and its environs after an attack that left two people dead and 31 houses torched last week.
According to Red Cross, some 13 people are still missing in Koromey Village where there was intense clan fighting.
The public relations officer of the organisation Mr Titus Mung’ou said most villagers have returned to their ruined homes.
“There is urgent need of food and other non-food items,” he said in a statement.