Insecurity rises in Isiolo as bandits mount attacks

By Ali Abdi

Isiolo residents fear for their lives after bandits attacked an ambulance from Garba-Tulla District Hospital at Murera area in Meru North District.

The ambulance, ferrying an expectant woman, was heading to Isiolo District Hospitaand when bandits attacked it on Friday night near Kinna- Meru National Park junction at around 10pm.

Due to the incident, the woman could not reach the hospital until Sunday morning. The woman, who underwent caesarian section operation, lost her child.

The ambulance driver, Halima Milgo told the press in Isiolo town that the bandits threw boulders at the vehicle smashing the front window and windscreen and fired busts of shots in the air in a bid to stop her.

She ignored the warning shots and drove on. Ms Milgo sustained glass cuts on the face and eye injury and was treated Isiolo District Hospital and discharged.

"I had earlier taken a patient to Maua Mission Hospital from

Garba-Tulla before I headed back to Kinna to pick the pregnant woman. The bandits attacked the vehicle at Murera,'' she told The Standard on Sunday.

On Friday, passengers aboard a truck ferrying goods were robbed of money and mobile phones near Kinna after their vehicle developed mechanical problems.

Garba-Tulla DC Joseph Onyango, who visited the scene on Saturday, said he had liaised with Meru North District security committee to ensure that the road between Maua and Garba-Tulla was safe for travellers.

Last December, Onyango’s bodyguard was killed near Murera when his official car was attacked. The DC was not in the vehicle.

On Sunday, leaders from Isiolo County condemned rising insecurity along Isiolo-Maua-Garba-Tulla road. Motorists have abandoned Isiolo-Wajir road due to increased attacks by bandits.

The leaders also called on the government to conduct security operation to rid the region of armed criminals saying the disarmament exercise ordered by Internal Security minister George

Saitoti was selective, as some communities had not surrendered their illegal weapons.



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