ISIOLO (Xinhua) --
At least five people were killed and
three others injured on Friday when about 30 armed bandits
attacked a local trading center in Isiolo county in northern
Isiolo County Police Commander, Charles Ontita
said the bandits staged a dawn attack at Duse Trading Center in
Garba Tulla, injuring three Kenya Police Reservists (KPRs)
deployed to Isiolo County to help address the insecurity.
"Among those killed is a woman and four attackers believed to
be Auliyan raiders from Garissa County. The woman was killed at
the scene of the dawn ambush," Ontita said.
A regional government official Kipchumba Rutto said the
bandits attacked at about 4:30 a.m.
He said nothing was stolen but warned that they were out to
kill and cause fear.
Tension has been high in the area following clashes between
Somalis and Boranas over pasture and water.
The fighting has lasted about three months.
Rutto praised Kenya Police Reservists for responding quickly
and said they were pursuing the bandits who escaped.
The injured reservists have been hospitalized.
Fighting between the two rival communities have been mostly
over control of resources such as water and grazing land but the
conflict has also been linked to politics.
Livestock herding is the main livelihood and source of income
in northern and some parts of eastern Kenya, and the latest
killings threaten to ignite cross-community reprisals and raids
that could set the stage for a surge in ethnic fighting in the