7 August 2013

Kenya: GSU Sent to Keep the Peace On Kenya, Ethiopia Border

The government has deployed more than 150 GSU personnel to help quell tensions along the Kenya-Ethiopia border following the killing of four Kenya Police Reservists.

The four were abducted on Lake Turkana and shot dead by raiders from Ethiopia. Turkana North DC Erick Wanyonyi said marine police are using boats to patrol Lake Turkana where tension is still high following the killings three days ago.

Wanyonyi said other security officers have been deployed along the border near Todonyang to prevent militia from Ethiopia from crossing into the country.

Ethiopian authorities have promised to arrest those involved in the killings of the reservists, who were attacked while fishing on the lake.

"We have planned a series of meetings along the border to involve elders in maintaining peace in the region," said Wanyonyi. He said several police posts have been opened up near the lake and around Todonyang area.

Several families have fled from their homes following the killings. The reservists were fishing on Lake Turkana when they went missing and their bodies were later found at Todonyang near the border.

They went fishing last Friday but were attacked and their speed boat taken by the militiamen who crossed the border into the Kenyan side.

Locals said the victims were shot dead inside Ethiopia after being abducted and their bodies were later dumped near the border.

"This is unacceptable and we have directed that those involved be brought to book," said Wanyonyi. Residents near the border said they fear for their lives following increased attacks by the Merrille militiamen.

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