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BY KORIR JUMA,CORRESPONDENT,6TH JAN,2018-Tension remain high in Elgeyo Marakwet after five suspected bandits were shot dead during a fierce gun battle following an attack on a village in Marakwet East on Friday night.
Sources told WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE that armed cattle rustlers were shot dead in two separate incidents at Chesegon on the border of Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties.
QAccording to authorities said six people were injured during the renewed clashes in Kerio Valley.
Wilson Tangus, Marakwet East assistant deputy county commissioner, said the suspect Marakwet bandits crossed the border and stole an unknown number of cattle.
He said three West Pokot herders were killed during the shootout which followed after the herders sought to recover their stolen cows.
“Pokot herders launched a hot pursuit killing one Marakwet bandit and injuring three others during the gun fight at 12.30pm.”
He said the Marakwet bandits managed to escape with the cows but were later ambushed by another group in Kapkobil village near Tot trading centre.
“At about 6pm, the Marakwet youth drove the cows away towards Marakwet but were accosted by a group of attackers from Baringo.”
“We suspect that the West Pokot herders sought for reinforcement from their Baringo counterparts,” Tangus said.
Those injured in the fight were rushed to Iten county referral Hospital for treatment.