September 23rd 2017

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Tension in Tana River, Kitui border after officers kill 100 camels

A stock owner identified as Noor Salan said that they were grazing the camels when a group of around 100 officers arrived in police vehicles, rounded the camels up and sprayed them with bullets. He said the officers targeted only the camels and no human being was hurt in the operation.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSunday, 28 May 2017 15:33 EAT

Residents and children inspect carcasses of the dead camels after the raid.

At least 100 camels were reportedly shot dead along the Tana River and Kitui border on Friday following what the residents claim was a raid by heavily armed police officers seeking to punish the villagers.

The killings took place in Bangal Ward, Bisanhargesa area where villagers claimed that the officers stormed the area and shot randomly at the livestock taken from a group of herders who were grazing the animals. The area has witnessed inter-ethnic clashes between the pastoralists from Tana River County and settled community groups in Kitui over boundary disputes and pasture.

An affected stock owner who identified himself as Noor Salan said that they were grazing the camels when a group of around 100 officers arrived in police vehicles, rounded the camels up and sprayed them with bullets. He said the officers targeted only the camels and no human being was hurt in the operation.

The pastoralist said there were no tilled lands in the area where they were grazing. The killings have sent alarm among local leaders who asked Interior cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery to intervene in the security situation around there.

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