Over 10 herders from Isiolo and Marsabit feared dead in gun battle

Over 10 herders from Isiolo and Marsabit feared dead in gun battle

Herders graze their  animals  in Isiolo-FILE

KORIR JUMA/CORRESPONDENT,26TH MAY 2017-Several  herders from Isiolo and Marsabit are feared dead  after  they engaged each other in deadly gun battle for the better part of the day Friday.

The fighting is said to have emanated from   an attack by herders from Laisamis, in Marsabit when those from Merti went to Barchuma along the border of the two counties to pursue their animals that were stolen three days earlier.

Residents from the two sides who spoke to UPESINEWS.CO.KE on the condition of anonymity  said the herders exchanged fire that led to deaths estimated to be over 10 people, both sides had casualties but the Isiolo side reportedly lost more men.

The battle reportedly started at 5 am and lasted until 2 pm where more than 1,000 animals were stolen. The area is remote and lacks communication.

It is located nearly 150 km from Merti and close to 200 from Isiolo town. Last evening Isiolo County Police Commander Charles Ontita said they have report of three deaths and four injured from Merti.

Mr Ontita said the Merti side had gone to the border area to pursue their animals that were stolen at Koya on Wednesday when they had gone there in search of water.

Security officers  have been deployed to the area to intervene between the sides and patrol the affected areas.

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