Four police officers injured after ambush by bandits in Laikipia

Four security officers are nursing gunshot wounds they sustained when they were attacked by suspected bandits in Laikipia County.

The attackers who have been hiding at the vast Laikipia Nature conservancy are believed to be behind a series of livestock thefts within the neighbouring villages of Laikipia.

They raided the officers’ camp at 10 pm and shot one of the officers in the cheek near his left eye, two others escaped with leg injuries while the fourth officer sustained chest injuries.

Three officers are recuperating at the Sipili Nursing homes while the fourth was moved to another hospital for specialized treatment.

Bernard Kinyua, a clinical officer at the health facility recounted how they were called in to help rescue the officers and upon arrival at the Nursing home, they managed to contain bleeding.

He said the officers are responding well to treatment and could be discharged soon.

Two weeks ago another GSU officer was shot and killed by suspected bandits within the same ranch as cases of insecurity continue to be reported in areas such as Kamwenje, Wangwachi, Kieni, Matuiku among others as livestock raiders storm the villages and steal animals, which the drive towards the conservancy where they hide.

The incessant attacks have disrupted learning in the affected areas.

Tension remains high in the region, especially in Ol Moran, Githiga and Sossian wards, following counter operations to flush out criminals from Laikipia Nature Conservancy at the border of Baringo and Laikipia counties and Loisaba Wildlife Conservancy at the border of Samburu, Laikipia, Isiolo counties.

The heavily armed bandits are reportedly targeting uniformed officers as they commit their heinous criminal activities.

The security bosses in Laikipia County could not be reached for comment.

Reporting and photos by Lydia Mwangi

  

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