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Villagers lose animals in raid

Thursday February 3 2011

By BARNABAS BII [email protected]

Security officers on the Kenya-Southern Sudan border are on high alert following an attack on a Turkana village by armed Toposa raiders who made away with more than 200 animals.

And a team of senior security officers from the two countries is to hold a consultative meeting to avert further clashes between members of the two pastoral communities.

Retaliatory attacks

“The talks are aimed at stemming any retaliatory attacks. They will also deal with the management of grazing fields, the main cause of clashes,” Turkana North district commissioner Jack Obuo said.

Mr Obuo said the Toposas attacked Loruth on Tuesday. He said a contingent of security officers had been sent to the area to quell the mounting tension.

Members of the Turkana and Toposa communities have been involved in protracted attacks arising mainly from the scarcity of water and pasture.

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In the same region, one person died and two others were seriously injured after Pokot raiders attacked a village in Turkana South District.

“The Turkana herder died after he was shot by the attackers who made away with an unknown number of animals,” said Turkana South district commissioner Joseph Kanyiri.

However, the administrator said the herders managed to repulse the attackers and recovered some of the stolen animals.

The search for peace has remained elusive among members of the pastoral communities in the region despite the formation of peace groups comprising clerics and local leaders.