5 November 2012

Kenya: Mandera Attacks Claim Four

Four people were killed in Mandera last night after bandits attacked a lorry they were travelling in. While confirming the incident, Mandera North OCPD Stephen Oduor said that five other people in the lorry survived the attack.

According to Rhamu Ward councilor Nur Ibrahim, one woman and three men died during the attack. Nelly Muluka from the Red Cross also says one female is missing after the attack that also left two other people injured.

The bandits then ransacked the passengers before escaping with money of unknown value and other valuables. Residents of Mandera has faced a series of banditry attacks in recent months Armed militia raided Arabia village in Mandera East bordering Somalia in July and looted business premises before escaping towards the porous Kenya/Somali border.

The bandits who were said to be about thirty in number terrorised residents of the remote village for more than three hours before escaping. They engaged Administration Police officers backed by Kenya Police Reservists in a fierce shootout.

An administration police officer was shot dead in the same month and another injured when armed bandits attacked their vehicle at Mathah Baghai, 16 kilometres from Daghaley refugee camp.

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