Days after assailants killed 11 people and stole cattle in Turkana East, the National Police started a multi-agency security operation there.
Two administrative officers and ten security guards who were hunting down Pokot outlaws who had broken into a village in the sub county and stolen cattle were killed in the attack on Saturday night.
In an effort to restore calm to the region, the police have also made a plea to the community in a statement.
“Following an attack against the locals of Kakiteitei Village in Turkana East Sub County where lives were lost and livestock stolen by bandits, a multi-agency security operation has today been launched in the area to arrest the perpetrators, recover the stolen animals and firearms, and return normalcy to the area,” the statement, issued by police spokesperson, Bruno Shioso, reads in part.
President William Ruto gave security authorities strict orders to pursue individuals responsible for the deadly Saturday banditry attack in Turkana after the incident.
Only a few hours before, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua had promised to put an end to the security threat plaguing bandit-prone regions like Kerio Valley.
He addressed on Saturday during the Baringo Deputy Governor Charles Kipng’ok’s burial service.
Mr. Gachagua promised to personally call a conference of regional leaders to determine the best course of action.