By Lucas Ngâasike
The Government has recovered 20 bodies of the Todonyang massacre that occurred along the KenyaâEthiopia border on Monday.
The bodies, mostly women and children with gunshot wounds, were littered in the plains of Todonyang in Turkana North, one Kilometre from Todonyang police post.
The bodies were recovered as 50 other people were reported missing and some of them are feared dead.
Two other people including a woman who survived the ordeal by lying down and pretending to be dead were nursing serious gunshots wounds at a local hospital.
On Wednesday, the Government confirmed that the Merille militia from Ethiopia killed 20 Turkana pastoralists inside Kenyan territory when they were returning home from a barter trade at the border point.
Among the dead were 20 Kenyans killed by the Merille militia and four of their own killed by the Turkana in retaliation.
Rift Valley PC Osman Warfa had earlier indicated that 37 Turkanas had been killed while a cleric had also said five Merille militia had been killed, bringing the total to 42.
The youngest victim of the attack was a three-week-old boy whose head had been shattered with a bullet and was found with his intestines protruding from his stomach, that were being devoured by vultures.
Another body had been devoured completely by vultures and other wild animals but the other 19 bodies were still intact, although the eyes, especially of the women age between 20 and 25 years, had been gouged out.
The bodies were lying stark naked on the plain grounds near villages inhabited by the Merille militia at Natira area along the border. The attackers had removed neck beads, Ornaments and clothes from the womenâs dead bodies.