17 May 2014

Kenya: Five Killed in Degodia, Garre Ethnic Clash

Photo: Kenya Red Cross
Kenya Red Cross Society personnel assist people injured in retaliatory attacks in Mandera county (file photo).

Five people have been killed and three others wounded in Rhamu town, Mandera county following clashes between Garre and Degodia clans. The five were among passengers from Garre community,who were enroute from Banisa to Rhamu.

Armed bandits suspected to be from Degodia community ambushed the vehicle and sprayed it with bullets. Mandera police commander Noah Mwivanda said the vehicle was ambushed at Bulla-Tawaka, seven kilometres from Rhamu town.

Mwivanda said all those killed are members of the Garre community. "We suspect it was a retaliatory attack following Tuesday killings of three men from the Degodia clan by suspected Garre armed men at Ogoralle village on the Wajir-Mandera border," said Mwivanda on the phone.

The county police chief said, the security personnel who were on patrol in the area swiftly responded to the sounds of the gunshots rescuing the other passengers on board.

"As I am talking to you now, I'm heading to the scene of the incidents to lead the operation to track down the bandits of unknown numbers, who are fleeing toward the Ethiopian border" he said.

The county police commander said, huge security personnel were deployed to Rhamu to pursue the attackers and forestall further mayhem and bloodshed similar to the one experienced in the town last year when the two communities went for each others neck.

Three people were killed in Wajir County on Tuesday afternoon by attackers from a rival clan over clan boundary dispute.The three men from the Degodia clan, were killed by armed assailants suspected to be from the rival Garre community at Ogaralle village in Tarbaj district.

The men who were among labourers working on a road project involving clearing of bushes on 25 kilometers stretch road linking Wajir to Mandera County were ambushed at gunpoint by the assailant leading to their death. The project is funded by the Wajir county government.

Early last year over sixty people were killed, hundred maimed and tens of thousands displaced from the comforts of their homes, after a fighting pitting the two communities, started in Mandera county and later spilled over to the neighboring Wajir county and lasted for six months before amicably peace deal was signed.

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