BUNGOMA, Kenya, (Xinhua) --
Security officers in Western Kenya’s Cheptais
region are on high alert following claims of regrouping of
dreaded militia group blamed for the killing of eight people in
the past three days.
of Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF) attacked two villages and
executed two elderly men and three minors.
The victims were
shot dead and two girls hacked to death by the gun-and-matchet-wielding
gang in Masaek and Kutere areas of in Kopsiro Division in the
troubled Chepyuk Settlement Scheme.
lynched three suspected SLDF fighters in Murwani Village on
Tuesday morning as they attempted to flee from the scene of the
Cheptais Deputy County Commissioner said security agents are on
the watch out to deal with the militants.
“We suspect that the
former fighters of the SLDF are on a revenge mission, targeting
people who they suspect might have leaked their names to the
security apparatus,” he said.
“We will deal with
these elements mercilessly,” Momanyi said. The official said
some residents had refused to hand over their illegal guns and
they could be using them in the attacks.
impending operation to retrieve illegal guns in the hands of the
The illegal militant
group was responsible for the deaths of more than 600 people and
displacement of 66,000 others between 2006 and 2008 before it
was crushed by the army.
administrator asked area residents to identify the people they
suspect to possess illegal firearms.
“We are warning
people who are still in possession of illegal guns to surrender
them to the security agencies before an operation to flush out
suspects and forcibly get those illicit weapons is launched. We
want people to live in peace, not in fear,” he said.
A local right
organization Elgon Sisters said renewed killing has caused fear
among the locals and investors.
“We are asking the
government to address this issue once and for all. It is painful
to lose lives through such crude ways,” said Emily Chepkuto, the
SLDF was defeated in
2008 when its ring leader Wycliffe Matakwei was killed by the
Kenya Army deployed to the region. The militia group took up
arms after its members were dissatisfied with land allocations
in the scheme.
security officials urged residents to remain calm as the
government tracks down SLDF militia.
At least 8 killed in clashes in
BUNGOMA, Kenya, (Xinhua) --
Authorities in Kenya’s western region on Tuesday
confirmed that eight people were killed in Bungoma country a
suspected revenge attack.
Commissioner Joshua Chepcheing’ said the killing happened in
Masaek village, in Cheptais Sub County, Monday night.
A gang attacked the
village and killed two elderly men and three minors with
machetes. Later villagers pursued the attackers and managed to
lynch three as others escaped, the official told Xinhua.
Chepcheing’ said the
motive of the attack had not been established. Villagers said
they heard gunshots before realizing that the village was under
siege from the attackers.
indicates that the attack was revenge over the killing of three
people in the area two months ago.
opened fire in the homestead to scare the people before slashing
to death the five victims. We don’t know why they killed the two
men and the minors,” said Peter Ndiema, a resident.