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Police gun down suspected cattle rustlers in Kerio Valley

By Michael Chepkwony and Fred Kibor | November 5th 2016 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

An octogenarian walks with the aid of a walking stick on dangerous rocks leading to the Kimonoi caves where residents of Chesongoch and Chesetan along the Kerio Valley have fled to seeking refuge from armed cattle rustlers who have shot and killed over30 people. 25-10-2016. [PHOTO: KEVIN TUNOI/Standard]

One suspected raider was killed by security officers in Kerio Valley yesterday during an ambush.

The officers drawn from the Administration Police, Regular Police and Reservists were patrolling Chesalmat near Kerio Valley when they were ambushed by about 30 armed raiders and retaliated.

Area OCPD Emmanuel Rono said no police officer was injured during the ambush. He said the body of the unidentified raider has been moved to Iten Hospital mortuary.

“Other raiders managed to escape but they did not steal any livestock. We are pursuing them. The culprits were headed towards Tot,” Rono said.

Rono urged residents not to panic since police had intensified patrols in the area. Speaking in West Pokot on Wednesday President Uhuru Kenyatta said the Government would ensure peace is restored in the region.

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