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Man lynched in revenge attack in Pokot

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By Wilberforce Netya | December 1st 2013

By Wilberforce Netya

A man was yesterday evening killed by a mob at Sigor in West Pokot County in a retaliatory attack following a raid at Orwa village that left a 13-year-old boy dead.

The mob descended on the man with crude weapons at Runo area, some 15 kilometers from Sigor centre, in an alleged revenge mission, sparking more tension in the volatile area.

Pokot Central police boss Nicholas Musilu said the incident occurred a few hours after suspected Turkana raiders attacked Orwa village along Kapenguria – Lodwar highway and made away with unknown number of animals.

Roadblocks erected

Mr Musilu said the deceased lived in the area some time back before he shifted and had just returned about five days back unaware of the tension.

He said the angry mob was on a revenge mission and planned to flush out members of a particular community that has been in constant conflict with them.

He said he is leading an operation to pursue the stolen livestock as well as to save the lives of the targeted community by ferrying them to safer grounds.

“We have gathered about 15 members of this target community and are still looking for more so that we can take them to safer places to avoid impending attacks,” disclosed the OCPD. The raid at Orwa village took place only a day after heavily armed police officers went to collect the decomposing body of motorbike mechanic who had been killed by suspected Turkana assailants before dumping him at the roadside.

Following the murder, transport along the route was disrupted for a whole day Friday.

Police cleared the roadblocks erected by the youths at Marich and Orwa areas.


 

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