By Mathews Ndanyi
take heart: Turkana South MP James Lomenen addresses some of the victims of banditry attacks from his constituency in June [sic\.
Six people have been killed in banditry attacks in Turkana county.
Eight other people, including an expectant woman, were injured and are admitted at the Lodwar District Hospital with bullet wounds.
In the first incident, more than 200 armed raiders suspected to be from Turkana North struck Lonyangaring Village in Loima district, where they stole hundreds of animals.
Katoruk chief Emanuel Siwale said they have recovered bodies of victims and heavy fighting has been going on between the bandits and security teams in the area.
"Security teams have been deployed to trace the raiders," Siwale told the Star on the phone yesterday. The attacks occurred on Friday and Saturday.
Several families have fled their homes following the attack.
Three herders were also killed following an attack by raiders on a village in Kaakong, Kainuk location.
Three women are among the seven injured.
There has been repeated conflict along the Pokot-Turkana border as competition for resources and cattle rustling take centre stage, despite peace building efforts with the latest being a peace pact signed in March by Pokot and Turkana elders.
Police have planned to intensify disarmament in Pokot, Turkana and Baringo counties, which are extensively affected by cattle rustling.
Rift Valley regional commander Willy Lugusa said communities in the three counties should surrender all illegal guns.
He said additional officers have already been deployed in areas hard hit by the cattle rustling attacks especially along the Turkana and Pokot border.
The government plans to deploy five helicopters in the North Rift for use by the police to tackle cattle rustling.
Deputy President William Ruto last week said the helicopters were part of a government plan to improve security in the region.
Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok said they will host a conference with other governors in the region to discuss cattle rustling and other economic challenges.