One Shot Dead, Animals Stolen In Marsabit Village Attack

A 34-year-old man was shot dead before his 40 animals were stolen in an attack on a village in Marsabit County.

According to police, Simon Asugo Sakaldere was attacked while herding his animals. He was shot in the neck before the assailants fled with the cows.

The attack happened on Monday, and his body was discovered two days later.

Fearing retaliation, security personnel were rushed to the area to pursue the attackers.

A local operation to remove illegal firearms from civilian hands is currently underway.

Some residents claim that the operation seized the firearms they had been using to protect themselves whenever a similar bandit attack occurred, leaving them vulnerable.

A dusk-to-dawn curfew was imposed on May 2 and twice extended to allow multi-agency teams to conduct an operation there targeting illegal guns that fuel bloody violence.

Given the risks that local disturbances pose to security and law and order, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said on June 30 that extending the curfew was prudent.

According to officials, the operation will continue until at least 5,000 of the estimated 20,000 guns in illegal possession in the county are recovered.

Although the multi-agency team deployed in May of this year restored peace to the vast county, Matiang’i stated that the removal of illegal weapons must be completed in order to achieve a long-term security strategy.

He revealed that over 200 guns, 3,000 rounds of ammunition, a grenade, and various bayonets had been recovered as part of Operation Rejesha Amani.

The operation to stabilize a county that had been the scene of bloody battles that had killed hundreds of people over the years made the extension of the curfew possible.

Officers come from specialized units such as the General Service Unit (GSU), Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU), Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU), and others.

He praised the deployment of the security team, saying it had succeeded in putting an end to the county’s bloody ethnic conflicts.