Some Isiolo residents have handed over 10 firearms to police as the security team continues with operation to flush out over 300 bandits who shot and injured 10 police officers at Isiolo-Meru border.
The Ngaremara residents surrendered the weapons to Isiolo county security team led by Police Commander Joseph Kigen and County Commissioner Herman Shambi in Isiolo town but the motive of the voluntary handover is still unknown.
Mr Kigen, while receiving the firearms, reported that seven were defective and that the crackdown to confiscate the illegal guns will continue until all the suspects are arrested and charged for the offence.
The guns, he said, will be subjected to ballistic analysis to establish if they were the ones used by the assailants.
Four GSU officers attached at Mariara and six Anti-Stock Theft Unit officers from Bullu were badly wounded in the last Friday’s incident at Makinya area and one of them succumbed later while receiving treatment.
The firearms were four M16, three AK-47s, two Make 4 and one G3 rifle and undisclosed number of ammunitions.
“The crackdown will continue until all the attackers are arrested and the firearms they used recovered,” said Mr Kigen.
Some of the local politicians led by county MP Rehema Jaldesa had earlier accused police of using excessive force in the crackdown which they claimed was targeting a particular community.
The Women Rep said security organs should focus on ending incessant cattle rustling and resource based conflicts in Ngaremara which she claimed had claimed over 20 lives in the past six months.
County Commissioner Shambi lamented growing trend of criminals attacking and injuring police officers and maintained that it must end.
He praised residents for handing over the firearms and sharing names for some of the suspects with police saying his team was working round the clock to ensure the criminals are arrested.
“I am appealing to residents to work with police in ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to book,” Mr Shambi said.
The officers warned of forceful disarmament should residents at the area fail to surrender the illegal guns in their possession.
Mr Shambi maintained that the exercise was not targeting any particular community but the individual culprits.