MARSABIT (Xinhua) --
At least 11 Kenyans were killed and
two others were injured in clashes along the Kenya-Ethiopia
border in Kenya’s northern Marsabit County on Monday, police and
local government officials confirmed on Tuesday.
government official Mamo Honicha said two others are nursing
gunshot wounds after the attack in Forole area over a dispute on
a watering point.
Honicha said the assailants, from Ethiopia, sprayed bullets
on locals who were attending a meeting that sought to iron out
issues between neighboring communities.
He said the incident took place at midday Monday when a
section of Ulan elders and young men were invited to the meeting
that turned into a tragedy.
Marsabit County commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said he was yet
to be furnished with details of the incident but promised action
to solve the conflict.
"It’s true the incident happened. We are yet to be furnished
with more details," Kitiyo told Xinhua over the phone. "We are
also in contact with our Ethiopian counterparts on the issue."
Local leaders met in Nairobi on Tuesday to condemn what they
termed as heinous massacre of their clan members by the
A former Turbi ward member of the county assembly, Yattani
Wario, said the killing was well organized.
"It’s unfortunate the officials tricked about 15 Gabra elders
from Forole area in North Horr Sub-County to attend a peace
meeting along the border.
"The meeting later turned into bloody slaughter of 11 elders
and wounding of three others. We later learnt it was a decoy to
butcher Kenyan elders," Wario said.
He feared the number of casualties will likely rise as
fighting was still going on by Tuesday morning along the border.
Wario said the victims, all above 60 years, were killed by
the attackers from Ethiopia after a disagreement over a watering
He complained that no security officers from the Kenyan side
responded to the attack even though a police station is situated
4 km from the scene.
The leaders blamed the bloody conflicts on a section of
politicians in Marsabit County with Ethiopian roots for
allegedly funding clashes in the region.
They called on the government to return firearms that were
confiscated from the National Police Reservists in March, saying
the communities have been left vulnerable to attacks.
"We appeal to the government to help recover the 11 bodies of
the victims from the scene to enable Forole community, families
and relatives to conduct burials of their beloved ones," Wario
Livestock herding is the main livelihood and source of income
in northern and some parts of eastern Kenya, and the hike in
cattle thefts threatens to ignite cross-community reprisals and
raids that could set the stage for a surge in ethnic fighting in