- Among those killed during the 12-hour gun battle were five herders and nine armed criminals.
- Reports indicate the police have recovered half of the stolen livestock.
At least 14 people were on Wednesday night killed and five others injured after cattle rustlers raided a village in Samburu County.
Police say that the armed cattle rustlers raided Suiyian village in Samburu North and stole about 1,000 animals.
Samburu North sub-County Police Commandant Alex Rotich, confirming the incident, said the raid began about 6 pm.
“Armed bandits raided a village in Suyian area last night and drove away over 1,000 heads of cattle. Fourteen people were killed in the incident. The fourteen died on the spot and police are trying to collect the bodies,” said Rotich.
The Samburu morans, who were herding the animals, are said to have trailed and caught up with the bandits, with a 12-hour gunfight ensuing. The shootout led to fatalities on both sides (fiver herders and nine criminals).
“A contingent of security personnel drawn from the General Service Unit and the General Duty is already on the ground tracing the bandits and recover the stolen stock,” says the police.
Police say that security in the area has been beefed up. No arrests have been made so far.
The injured are currently receiving treatment at Barsaloi Health Centre in the northern part of the vast county.