(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
“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
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 region.