LAIKIPIA (Xinhua) --
Armed raiders invading a ranch
shot dead a Briton in northern Kenya’s Laikipia County on Sunday
evening, officials confirmed on Monday.
father-of-two, Tristan Voorspuy was shot dead after he went to
inspect the remains of a friend’s home that had been burnt down
by raiders on Friday.
Laikipia Ranchers Association chairman Martin Evans said
Voorspuy was inspecting the damage caused by the raiders when
the attackers opened fire on him.
He said the former British Army officer died on the spot and
it took hours for his body to be collected since there were
fears the bandits were still lurking in the bushes.
Voorspuy who was raised in Sussex and served for six years in
the British Army before turning to tour guiding is a shareholder
in Sosian Ranch.
On Saturday, a police helicopter was shot at in the same farm
as security officers carried out aerial surveillance where
illegal grazers and bandits have continued to wreak havoc.
Initial reports suggested that Inspector General of Police
was in the targeted helicopter but he denied the reports saying
he had already left the area.
The attacks are allegedly linked to suspected armed Pokot and
Samburu herdsmen who have invaded ranches in Laikipia en masse
with their cattle.
Laikipia area is increasingly becoming a conflict zone as
people and wildlife are killed with impunity, livestock stolen,
houses razed and property looted.
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