8 November 2012

Kenya: Seven Killed in Mandera Clan Clashes

Five people from the Garre and Degodia communities were yesterday hacked to death in revenge attacks. Four people from the Garre community travelling in a lorry at Banisa were allegedly killed by assailants from the Degodia community on Sunday.

The Garres killed a man in revenge before heading to Neboi village in Mandera town where they killed two people, a woman and a middle-aged man.

The Negodias in retaliation killed two men in Shafiq village. Members from the two communities then torched houses in Mandera town. Malkamari councillor Abdi Aden told the Star on phone that tension is high in the town following the killings.

"No shop is open. Yesterday we had several of them looted with houses broken into. The police have been overpowered by the warring communities," said the councillor.

Northeastern PPO Philip Tuimur when contacted said two more people were killed with 10 others injured and 12 houses burnt down. More than 20 people were killed and hundreds displaced in September. Mandera West MP Mohamud Maalim Mohammed said one of the communities had breached the peace and security agreement in place.

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