Monday, May 27, 2013

Five people killed in fresh Mandera County attacks

By Cyrus Ombati

NAIROBI, KENYA: Five people were killed, three others injured and several camels killed in fresh inter-clan fighting in Banisa District- Mandera CountyThe victims were attacked by a militia that is said to have crossed from Ethiopia on a revenge mission on Saturday morning. 
Police said the gang later vanished into Ethiopia, which is few kilometers away. 
The deceased and injured are said to be from bothGarreh and Degodia sub clans. 
North Eastern police boss Charlton Murithi said the injured are admitted at the local  District Hospital in a stable condition with bullet wounds.
 “We suspect the attack was in an apparent retaliation to the ongoing clashes that have occurred in the past weeks. It happened deep in the villages and the attackers targeted herders,” said Murithi. 
The attack happened days after the military moved to the area to stem a pending attack following intelligence that showed so. 
Murithi said they have deployed enough personnel in the area to contain more attacks. But the attackers have been targeting people in villages where there are no security agencies. 
Officials said tension was high along the Kenya- Ethiopia border after the retaliations which have now claimed five people in two days.

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