By Stephen Ingati, Fabian Mangera
Death toll from clashes in the northern Kenyan region of Samburu has risen to six after two more victims of cattle rustling succumbed to injuries on Friday evening.
Samburu county police commander Patrick Wambani who confirmed the incident said two police reservists who helped security officers to enhance peace in the troubled region were among those who died in a dawn attack at Waso Rongai on Friday.
Wambani said the heavily armed bandits invaded a remote village in Samburu West, Samburu County North of Kenya, where thousands of livestock were also stolen.
"Two of the people who were critically injured have been airlifted to Nairobi for specialized treatment. The officers who had been pursuing the bandits have since withdrawn due to darkness, " Wambani told Xinhua by telephone.
He said the attack saw five Samburu tribesmen and a Turkana raider killed during a fierce fire exchange that lasted more than eight hours.
Local leaders said 2,000 cattle were seized during the fire exchange between the Turkana raiders and Samburu men at a remote village in a strategic pasture grazing zone.
They said the exchange between the two forced hundreds of families to flee their homes for fear of their life as raiders closed up after overpowering the local police reservists. More....