BY KORIR JUMA,14TH MARCH 2017-Bandits on Tuesday morning attacked a police vehicle in Mukutani in Tiaty, Baringo County killing two women.
A child survived and is in custody of police in Marigat in the fresh attack that follows a relative lull after a security operation was launched in the area two weeks ago.
The operation was launched by Deputy President William Ruto where he issued a shoot-to-kill order.
The area is among the 19 gazetted zones described as disturbed and dangerous by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery.
In a daring attack on Tuesday morning, the bandits sprayed bullets on the police vehicle killing the two, who had hiked a lift from Mosiro center in Kiserian and were heading to Kabarnet town.
Confirming the incident, Baringo County Police Commandant Peter Ndung’u said the victims were heading to a bank in Kabarnet to collect money under the orphans cash transfer programme.
The police boss however said the police boss could have been caught in a crossfire as two communities fought over livestock theft.
“The reports we have received indicate that suspected Ilchamus bandits raided Koimut village in the morning and made away with unknown number of livestock. The Pokots pursued the bandits but they were ambushed. The police vehicle was caught in the crossfire,” he said.
He said police have been deployed to pursue the bandits.
A resident, Mr Kipkemboi Morwess said it was scary that the bandits could attack a police vehicle and kill people.
The incident happens barely a day after Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambo said they would deploy more police helicopters to pursue bandits in the region.