by Naftali Mwaura
MARSABIT (Xinhua) -- At least eight
people were killed and nine others injured in separate cattle
rustling incidents along Ethiopia-Kenyan border in Marsabit
country, northern Kenya on Sunday, the police confirmed.
Steve Oloo, Marsabit county police commander said the armed
attacks were carried out in Forole and Sabareh villages on the
Kenya-Ethiopia border, noting that the attackers escaped with
unknown number of livestock.
"We have sent more security officers in the area to contain
"The officers will also carry out investigations into the two
attacks," Oloo said.
In the first incident, the police commander said, the
attackers stormed a watering point in Forole where herders were
sleeping at around 4 a.m. on Sunday, and opened fire, killing
five among them.
The attackers, suspected to have crossed over from Ethiopia,
made away with an unknown number of livestock from the Forole
and about 500 heads of cattle from Sabareh where they killed
three other locals.
Area residents said the attackers had crossed into Ethiopia.
Oloo said the security team had contacted their Ethiopian
counterparts for help to reclaim the animals.
The police commander appealed members of the public to
provide information that might lead to arrest of the assailants.
He said they have not established the reason behind the
Similar incident happened on Saturday where a man was shot
and seriously injured.
Such incidents are common at the border.
Authorities have been making efforts to address the menace
that is being encouraged by cultural practices and drought.
Cattle rustling by nomadic tribes in the semiarid region that
encompasses northern Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia is
common, and the tribes in the area do not respect national
A drought that has impoverished some people in the area, most
of them nomads, has exacerbated tensions between the