By KBC Reporters/Sources
Seven bandits are reported killed by police during a security operation in Tiaty, Baringo County Tuesday evening.
Many more are believed to have escaped with serious injuries and the death toll is likely to rise.
One police officer was also shot and seriously wounded as he engaged the gunmen in Nasorot, a remote village where Pokot and Marakwet clans have been fighting prompting the military deployment.
An AK-47 rifle was recovered from the bandits who are said to have been planning a raid on villages to drive away livestock, according to police.
Dozens of villagers have been fleeing their homes in Baringo lately since the Military launched a joint security operation with the police despite assurances on their safety.
Meanwhile, Baringo County Police Coordinator Peter Ndung’u has defended the police over accusations that they are using excessive force in the ongoing Dumisha Amani operation.
Ndungu claimed the bandits are fighting them from within their houses leading to the house fires. Speaking to reporters in Marigat, Ndung’u said the operation only targets criminals who have been terrorizing residents in the cattle rustling prone region maintaining that the operation will end after all illegal firearms have been surrendered to the government.
He spoke after several houses were torched in Nasorot, Naudo and Akwichatis and shops looted.
Three police officers are nursing gunshot wounds following an intense exchange of fire with bandits in Akwichatis area. Ndung’u reported that the operation is succeeding. 400 goats were recovered in the latest operation.
And in related news, West Pokot County has received a major boost to its security apparatus after two hundred and twenty Kenya National Police Reservists-KPR were recruited.
West Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin said his government will continue supporting the KPR in collaboration with the national government and commended the Jubilee administration for considering the county which has for a long time appealed for the recruitment of the KPR.
Pokot South MP David Pkosing warned politicians against politicizing security issues to gain political mileage.
West Pokot County Police Commander Mathew Kutto said that security patrols will be enhanced along the County’s volatile borders.