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Nyeri in mourning over two miners killed in Mandera quarry attack

Jubilee nominee for women representative post Rahab Mukami said: "We have lost more than 25 energetic and dedicated people in Mandera for the past Two years who travelled to search for greener pastures for the sake of their families. We will ensure we create jobs to avoid a replica of these attacks.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSunday, 14 May 2017 13:54 EAT

Red Cross personnel in rescue operations after the 2014 attack.

Leaders from Nyeri County have asked the government to improve security in quarries in Mandera County where several workers have been attacked by Al Shabaab militants in recent years. Last Thursday night, a quarry at Qalengelesa, near Elwak, Mandera, was attacked and two miners there (Simon Nderitu Kiruru and John Ndung’u Theuri) killed.

The region has now lost more than 25 people who travelled to Mandera in search of work in the quarries. In the first major attack in December 2014, the terrorists killed 36 miners at a Koromey quarry. The next year, more than a dozen quarry workers were killed. Most of the miners have been from Nyeri County, and others from the rest of Kenya.

Yesterday, the Jubilee Party nominee for Nyeri women representative position, Rahab Mukami, said: "We have lost more than 25 energetic and dedicated people in Mandera for the past Two years who travelled to search for greener pastures for the sake of their families. We will ensure that we will create job opportunities for Nyeri County residents to avoid a replica of these awful happenings."

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