In Summary

  • Shops at Kapedo market remained closed as locals stayed indoors for fear of more attacks by suspected bandits.
  • Three men and two women who were shopping at the market died on the spot and three other women sustained serious injuries during the attack.
  • Turkana East Deputy County Commissioner Joseph Bullut has said the five who were killed were innocent villagers.

Tension remains high in Kapedo on the border of Baringo and Turkana counties following the killing of five people in a retaliatory attack on Saturday.

Shops at Kapedo market remained closed as locals stayed indoors for fear of more attacks by suspected bandits.

The attack has sparked fresh animosity between the warring Pokot and Turkana communities, with some residents fleeing the area.

According to a resident, Mr Katiar Nalekat, three men and two women who were shopping at the market died on the spot and three other women sustained serious injuries during the attack.

“It is unfortunate that we keep losing our people because of banditry,” he said.

The attack is said to have been a revenge mission after morans allegedly raided Kamunge village in the neighbouring Turkana County, killed one person and made away with an unknown number of livestock on Thursday last week.

INNOCENT VILLAGERS

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