Police officers on patrol. PHOTO/PRESS POINT

By Shukri Osman

Security has been beefed up at Yell Kurkum in Laisamis, Marsabit County following the killing of eight people including three children Thursday morning by suspected cattle raiders.

County Police boss Robinson Mboloi said a contingent of security officers had been deployed to ease tension and also pursue the criminals who are suspected to have driven an unknown number of animals towards North Horr side after the incident.

“We have deployed police officers and the area is currently calm. We are also pursuing the criminals and seeking to recover the stolen livestock,” said Mr Mboloi.

Among those killed was a 14-year-old girl, two boys aged seven and a 25-year-old man who were ambushed by the criminals while at their home at around 6:30am.

Four other young people who tried to pursue the criminals after the attack were sprayed with bullets with three dying on the spot and the other succumbing to injuries later, police reports show.

Although police suspect the attack was to mainly steal livestock, residents said it could have been retaliatory following the killing of an old man from a neighboring community the previous evening.

Reports indicate that the man was grazing his camels at the border of North Horr and Laisamis constituencies when he was shot dead by criminals suspected to be from one of the sides.

Mr Mboloi said police were yet to arrest any criminal in relation to the Thursday incident.

The attacks come nearly a week after criminals shot dead three people in Ileret and drove away 500 goats, 390 of which have already been recovered.

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