A contingent of General Service Unit and Anti-stock Theft Unit officers have launched a hunt for raiders who stole 400 camels in Gas village, North Horr in Marsabit County.
The raid happened last week on Friday according to North Horr Sub-County Police Commander Mohammed Ahmed.
He condemned the thriving banditry and cattle rustling cases in the region which he said are fuelling violence among communities in the region.
During the rustling incident, there was vicious shootout between the bandits and the villagers, leading to the injury of three men. Forty one camels were also shot dead.
By Sunday, 31 camels had been recovered through the aid of the community elders.
"Concerted efforts have been made to recover all the animals that were stolen and we are glad elders from the communities involved are helping us to ensure there are no further attacks," Mr Ahmed said on Monday.
He said that instances of vicious clashes leading to loss of lives and destruction of property have been the norm whenever one community attacks the other.
ELDERS IN TALKS
Mr Ahmed revealed that a group of elders from the Samburu and Gabbra communities are in talks to help recover the stolen livestock.
The police commander further revealed that elders from the Samburu, Rendile and Gabbra communities are working on modalities of naming villagers who engage in such vices.
Killings during livestock expeditions have become a common phenomenon among the communities in Marsabit and other border counties and which sometimes results in ethnically charged retaliatory attacks.
The latest incident was witnessed between the Borana and Degodia clans along the Marsabit-Wajir borders on June 6, 2020 when cattle rustlers killed four people.