Manyara and Fabian Mangera MWINGI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s security forces on Thursday arrested 14 suspects
and seized two guns in a major operation to flush out
suspected Somali bandits behind attacks in Kora National
Park in Mwingi, northeast Kenya.
Police Commander Gideon Amalla also confirmed that 500
camels were also driven out of the park as part of
efforts to address a crisis that was boiling pitting
residents of Mwingi and the herders.
Amalla said they had also seized two guns believed to
have been used in attacking locals. "The operation will
continue until we are satisfied the situation is
manageable," he said from the ground.
This follows Monday’s and Tuesday’s incidents in
which five locals were killed by the Somali herders in a
clash over pasture.
The park is in the neighboring Tana River County and
the grazers had been encroaching there heading to Mwingi
where they clashed with the residents in villages.
Tension remains high in the region after several
houses were also burnt.
"More officers have been deployed to the area to
maintain law and order," Amalla said.
Armed with guns, the bandits ambushed several
homesteads at the volatile border of Kitui and Tana
River counties in the latest wave of senseless violence,
which has so far claimed 30 lives since2016, maimed
dozens and displaced hundreds of families.
Police said the security operation had been ordered
in the area to drive away the Somali herders in the area
as part of efforts to contain the violence.
More officers were sent to the area to contain the
situation amid claims of plans for retaliation.
The villagers have reportedly left their homes and
are now camping in bushes in fear of attacks raising
Local leaders have appealed for more action to tame
The affected homesteads are near the volatile border
of Kitui and Tana River counties.
Several schools have closed down following incidents
of insecurity in the area.
There have been increased cases of clashes between
communities grazing animals over pasture.