Turkana: killing of Soldiers
Kenyan security sources say at least seven police officers have been killed and 17 others gone missing following a purported ambush by local tribesmen in the north of the country.
Sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Saturday that the attackers targeted three police vehicles and set one of them ablaze in the impoverished and arid region of Lake Turkana on Friday.
Police spokeswoman, Gatiria Mboroko, confirmed that the attack took place in the Kapedo area of Lake Turkana region but declined to provide further details.
Kenya’s National Police Service has announced that a contingent of police officers in helicopters have been sent to Kapedo.
Masoud Mwinyi, the spokesman for the Kenyan administration police, also said a search operation for the missing security officers is underway.
On October 28, the bodies of five people, including three police officers, killed in Kapedo, were found in thickets.
The five had been missing since October 25, when bandits attacked a police vehicle in the area.
Lake Turkana has been the scene of regular raids and score-settling between rival local communities. Receding water supplies and grazing areas have exacerbated the inter-communal conflicts.
Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok has called for an end to the violence. He has appealed to the Kenyan government to address disputes between the Pokot and Turkana communities.
Nanok has also asked leaders from West Pokot County to help solve the problem.
West Pokot governor, Simon Kachapin, has in return welcomed dialog, and called for political goodwill to end the perennial conflicts.