Kenya: 50 Bandits Raid Laikipia GSU Post, Shoot One Officer

30 August 2021

About 50 armed bandits have attacked the Kamwenje General Service Unit (GSU) command centre at the border of Laikipia and Baringo counties.

One GSU officer was shot and injured in the Monday afternoon raid.

The officer was shot on the head, bringing to seven, the number of security officers who have been shot and maimed by bandits in the last month in Laikipia County.

"They raided the command centre at around 2pm and started shooting indiscriminately at officers who were outside. They later went to another police post which is located several metres from the camp and started shooting in the air before they escaped to the neighbouring valley," an officer who was in the command centre during the attack told nation.africa.

The injured GSU officer is recuperating at the Nakuru War Memorial Hospital.

Laikipia County Commissioner Daniel Nyameti said that although he was aware of the incident, his office was yet to be briefed officially by the area police commander.

Increased attacks

On August 2, a senior GSU Inspector was shot dead after officers were ambushed by armed bandits while patrolling the volatile Laikipia Nature Conservancy.

Two weeks later, four police officers were also shot and killed at the same ranch after their camp was ambushed by bandits.

On July 24, two GSU officers were shot and injured after they were attacked by gunmen in Laikipia North. The two officers were part of the team operating in the area when they were attacked in Loisaba Ranch as they were changing their car's tyre.

Last week, the government announced that formation of three security forces that will be sent to seven hotspots and ranches in Laikipia County for a major security operation to flush out illegal herders and bandits.

The government revealed that a platoon of Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) and two platoons of General Service Unit (GSU) would be deployed in the troubled region.

Targeted areas include the vast Laikipia Nature Conservancy which is owned by conservationist Kuki Gullman in Laikipia West and two government-owned ranches - ADC Mutara ranch in Laikipia West and the 80,000-acre Kilmon farm in Laikipia North.

The announcement came after an education and research centre belonging to Ms Gallman was set ablaze by suspected bandits last week.

Other profiled hotspots include Mugie Ranch, Loisaba and Kirimon Nature National Reserve, all in Laikipia North.

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