POLICE in Isiolo yesterday gunned down a bandit and recovered a G3 riffle from the suspect a day after the president issued a directive to stamp out cattle rustling menace in the region.
The armed bandits engaged the police officers in a fierce fire exchange for hours before the police managed to kill and recover the G3 riffle, 10 rounds of ammunition and 10 herds of cattle stolen from Gambela last week.
Isiolo OCPD Daniel Kamanza said the police, who were pursuing the stolen animals caught up with the bandits at Soralipi area in Samburu East district where they engaged each other for hours.
He said the police officers were still following up on the 63 herds of cattle stolen after the bandits managed to escape with some of the animals into the forest after the exchange.
Outgoing Upper Eastern regional commissioner Isaih Nakoru said the officers crossed the boundary in search of the stolen animals, adding that security issues have no boundary and that officers will track down the raiders to all their hideouts.
He hailed the officers and called on security agents to step up the fight against the bandits whom he said had taken advantage of the boundary to crisscross the region and disappear with the animals into other counties.
Over the weekend President Kibaki directed the Internal Security ministry to deploy more security officers to deal with eradicate cattle rustling menace and other form of banditry in the region.