At least five people were killed Wednesday (November 19th) during a cattle rustling incident in North Horr, Marsabit County, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.
Four people were reported missing, and 12 who were injured are now recuperating at Dukana Hospital, said Marsabit County Commissioner Peter Thuku.
The Gabbra and Daasanach communities were both involved in the incident and security forces are combing the area in search of the bandits, he said.
"The bandits wanted to steal cows during the incident but got some resistance resulting [in\ the killing of five people," Thuku said.
"The incident occurred some 12 kilometres from Buluku. Reports of the attack were delayed due to lack of proper communication," he said.
Marsabit has suffered from inter-clan conflicts in the past, prompting county leaders to form a mediation oversight team in February.
Protests broke out in Moyale over the assassination of former lawmaker Guyo Halake in October, but things have otherwise been calm, according to Thuku.
The United Nations also has pledged to increase the standard of living in Marsabit through initiatives to provide technical support to the county government, and to support poverty reduction, conflict management and peace-building initiatives.