Security operations underway in bandit prone regions

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    In the last five months, more than 50 people have been killed in ambushes carried out by armed bandits in Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot and Baringo.

    The government has promised to deal with the insecurity concern. Some of the methods the government is contemplating using include; the usage of drones to monitor how the bandits operate.

    In January, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said that killers in Kapedo on the Baringo, West Pokot and Turkana border are fired up by traditional leaders and administered oaths before they carry out attacks.

    Matiang’I said that intelligence reports indicated that the bandits went through a similar oath before they burnt down an armoured personnel carrier in Kasarani area, Turkana County. This left three officers attached to the General Service Unit (GSU) badly injured.

    The attack on the GSU officers took place just days after bandits murdered a GSU superintendent who was distributing relief food. The gang shot and damaged a chopper that had been flown to rescue the officers.

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