Police in the Malgis area of Laisamis Constituency in Marsabit County are investigating an incident in which a police officer was shot dead by bandits along the Marsabit-Isiolo highway.
The incident, which occurred 40 kilometers west of the county security headquarters, left 2 truck drivers injured in their foot and hip, and another police officer injured on the head.
During the incident, the bandits drove away 25 herds of cattle and two G3 rifles belonging to the officers, leaving behind trails of blood, shock, and subjecting the highway to a security threat.
Speaking at the scene, Marsabit County Commissioner Nobert Komora stated that his officers are still pursuing the bandits to recover the stolen livestock.
“Preliminary investigations indicate that at around 15:45 hrs, the officers, who were on escort duties to Merille, were sprayed with bullets upon reaching the incident scene. The officers reacted but were overwhelmed,” he said.
According to Komora, the backup security team that visited the scene combed the area and found 20 cartridges of 7.62*51MM ammunition. The three injured individuals have been admitted to Isiolo Hospital for further medical treatment.
After the incident, Eastern Regional Commissioner Paul Rotich stated that they plan to reinstate the roadblocks previously removed. Mr. Rotich also indicated an extension of extensive highway patrols on the Marsabit-Isiolo highway to avert further attacks on innocent Kenyans traveling the route.
“For one year, the highway has been peaceful, but unfortunately, cattle rustlers are daring us to move our chess with speed. We will return to roadblocks to deal with bandits, drug dealers, and aliens in equal measure,” he stated.
The government, led by Interior Ministry CS Professor Kithure Kindiki, has been fighting to end the banditry attacks that have been occurring in the northern part of Kenya.
According to CS Kithure, the banditry attacks have been influenced by the trade, consumption, and abuse of illicit alcohol, narcotic drugs, and psychotropic substances.
“We commend the partnership between the national government and county governments in combating the menace of drugs and alcohol abuse and the rehabilitation of persons affected by substance abuse,’ CS Kithure said.”