In Summary

  • They came under a hail of bullets at Samu grazing field in Kaben location about three kilometers from Kerio River.
  • Police officers escorting the delegation fought back as they flee from the area.
  • Mr Boinnet is expected in the county tomorrow where he will launch new police posts at Arror and Liter in Valley where recent attacks have claimed at least 40 lives.

Top security officials came under attack by suspected Pokot bandits in Kerio Valley on Friday morning as they inspected the area ahead of a visit by Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet this Saturday.

Marakwet East deputy county commissioner, the area police district commander, the district Administration Police commander, the district criminal investigations officer, a National Intelligence Service NIS official and at least 20 police officers escorting them were ambushed and their vehicle sprayed with bullets during the early morning incident.

They came under a hail of bullets at Samu grazing field in Kaben location about three kilometres from Kerio River, the official boundary separating the warring Pokot and Marakwet communities.

Police officers escorting the delegation fought back as they fled from the area.

"The windscreens of [AP commander's] vehicle are completely ripped off. But we are lucky to be alive. In fact we had to speed off under a hail of bullets," said Deputy County Commissioner Eric Mulevu.

He added: "All of us escaped unhurt. These criminals are attempting to intimidate the officials because they are against the opening up of security roads because they know that the roads will work against them."

NEW POLICE POSTS

Locals in Kaben location regretted that the authorities went to the volatile valley without notifying them, saying they could have helped them fight the Pokot attackers.

"The police officers did not bother telling us they were coming. If they had informed us we would have offered them reservist police escort and our community youth.

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