Three killed in Modogashe, Isiolo as herders clash

Three people have been killed in Janju near Modogashe after herders from Lagdera in Garissa County clashed with their colleagues from the neighboring Isiolo County.

Isiolo governor Mohammed Kuti has condemned the killings calling on area residents not to retaliate but allow security officers deal with the criminals.

Confirming the incident, Isiolo County Commissioner John Ondego said that the conflict is mainly between pastoralists from the two neighboring counties.

Ondego is calling on political leaders from both Isiolo and Garissa counties to move with speed and calm their situation in order to avert further retaliatory attacks.

He assured the residents that the National examination exercise that kicked Monday would go on as planned sounding a warning to those trying to incite members of the public that they will be dealt with as par the law.

Isiolo county governor Mohamed Kuti and Isiolo South MP Abdi Koropu have condemned the attacks and promised to engage members of public in seeking peace and prevent more bloodshed.

Separately, Lagdera MP Mohamed Hire has dismissed reports that Tuesday’s killing of a newly married woman and a 10-year-old boy was as a result of the long standing disputed border boundary between Isiolo South and Lagdera.

Speaking during the burial of the two who were killed by suspected bandits in Modogashe, Garissa county Hire said that the killings took place 10 kms inside his constituency.

The two were shot dead at two different places by about 30 heavily armed militia who escaped on foot.

One of the suspects is said to be a Kenya Police Reserve (KPR) unit officer and was dressed in military jungle at the time of the attack. He was killed by security officers who responded to the attack.

“We are aware that some leaders want to make political mileage by creating bad blood between the two communities from Isiolo and Lagdera who have co-existed harmoniously and even intermarried for decades,” Hire said.

Hire cautioned his fellow politicians against the incitement their communities and shedding blood of the innocent.

Clashes between the Somali and the Borana have claimed hundreds of lives in the dispute over the border and control of resources.

Lagdera OCPD Fredrick Siundu urged the offended not to retaliate and allow the police to pursue the killers.





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