Xinhua) -- Eleven people died
on Sunday during a fierce gun battle between Borana and
Samburu herders in northern Kenya, authorities confirmed
The fight took place in a grazing
field in Kom, former Merti district, where herders from
Isiolo, Samburu and parts of Marsabit counties in
northern Kenya had migrated to in search of water and
At least 20 cows were also killed in the skirmishes
that erupted against a backdrop of severe drought in
northern parts of Kenya.
Isiolo County Police Commander Charles Ontita said
local Borana herders had earlier attacked Samburu
counterparts who later engaged in a retaliatory attack.
"The Borana attacked the Samburu and stole the
"The owners pursued them and caught up with them
resulting in a fierce fight," said Ontita.
He said six people from Isiolo county were killed
while the Samburu had four casualties.
A hotelier at Archers Post, who hails from Isiolo
town, was attacked with stones and clubs at his premises
and killed in what sources said was a revenge attack.
Ontita said a Samburu herder sustained gunshot wounds
in a different fighting in the area amid escalating
A joint security personnel aided by an aircraft
recovered a huge significant number of the stolen