Thirteen people were yesterday shot dead after more than 400 armed men suspected to belong to the Orma community raided Chamwanamuma village of Tarasaa division, Tana Delta district.
Ten people sustained gunshot wounds and burns in the attack, the latest incident since the deadly clashes between the Pokomo and the Orma begun one-and-a-half months ago.
The early morning raid that has ignited fresh tension has also left thousands of people homeless. Among the dead are three women, including one aged 75, eight men, and an 11-year-old boy. Chamwanamuma residents said six people were kidnapped, and more than 400 cattle, 100 goats and households items stolen in the 5.30am attack.
Eyewitnesses said the gang wearing full police uniform and armed with rifles attacked the village of 245 households early in the morning as some guards were returning home houses from the night shift. Yesterday residents fled the village as others tried to salvage what remained of their belongings. Most villagers lost everything when their houses were burnt.
Kenya Red Cross officials helped transfer nine patients in critical from Ngao District Hospital to Malindi District Hospital. Omar Mohamed, who sustained four gunshot wounds in the incident, told journalists at Ngao hospital that he heard a gun shot from another village. He said when he came out of his house to investigate, the attackers, who had taken cover, opened fire. He said six Kenya Police reservists fired back but they were outnumbered by the attackers. "They fired bullets at everyone who attempted to escape while others torched houses," he said.
Tana Delta DC David Kiprop and his entire security committee rushed to the scene accompanied by Angelus Karori the head of operations in Coast province, DCIO David Siele, and OCPD Richard Mukwate, who has been in office for five years.
Kiprop condemned the killings and vowed to launch a major crackdown on those who were senselessly killing villagers using firearms. Ngao hospital boss Dr Badru Muhaji confirmed 10 people had been brought to the hospital and nine transferred to Malindi.