Tension is high in Lamaiwet in Mochongoi ward, Baringo County, after suspected armed bandits stole over 200 livestock.
The over 40 bandits fired gunshots in the air to scare away the residents before stealing the animals which included; 151 cows, four sheep, and 76 goats.
The helpless residents have since fled the area leaving the village deserted. Reports say that after stealing the livestock, the rustlers went to Ramacha area, Baringo County.
So tense is the situation in the area that residents of Arabal and Chemorongion have armed themselves with bows and arrows, to protect themselves and their livestock in case of a similar attack.
Last week, suspected bandits shot dead a 60-year-old man and injured a child and her mother in Mukutani area. The two are still admitted at the hospital.
This comes just days after Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembea suspended government operation in the bandit-stricken region for 30 days, to allow those with illegal firearms to surrender them.
Baringo South MP Charles Kamuren faulted the move terming it as ill-advised, calling for the immediate reinstatement of the operation.