Armed bandits killed two individuals and injured another in two separate incidents in Merti, Isiolo, on Monday evening.

The robbers, believed to be from Samburu and Wajir counties, terrorized Yachis and Urura communities in the first raid, stealing 300 goats.

Residents said that four individuals were shot dead during the attacks, despite police reports indicating that just two persons were slain.

The attackers are being pursued, according to Isiolo County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding.

“We have enough officers on the ground to ensure peace prevails so that our people continue with their activities uninterrupted,” he added.

Competition for water and pasture in the semi-arid region, land disputes, political intrigues, and the proliferation of illegal firearms in the region, where herders carry firearms to protect their animals, are all major contributors to conflicts between pastoralists in Isiolo and those in neighboring Samburu, Wajir, Garissa, Marsabit, Laikipia, and Meru counties.

He said the multi-agency security team was sharing intelligence reports with the counties of Wajir, Laikipia, Samburu, and Garissa in an effort to stop the assaults.