Bandits in Samburu shoot dead father and son in daring raid

Gun and bullets [Courtesy]

A father and his son have been killed by suspected bandits in Samburu County.

The man, 40, and his nine-year-old son were shot dead near Porro market and their livestock stolen.

According to a witness, the two were attacked by seven people armed with guns.

Security teams led by local police commander Alex Rotich and Deputy County Commissioner John Otieno have launched a manhunt for the suspects.

Mr Otieno said an unknown number of goats were stolen during the 9am attack. The gang fired bullets as they drove away the goats.

Traders fled towards Maralal town as locals drove away their livestock to safer places. Yesterday, Mr Otieno urged locals to remain calm, saying patrols had been intensified in the area.

Governor Moses Lenolkulal and Samburu West MP Naisula Lesuuda called on the national government to ensure the security of locals and their property.

“We are asking the government to return guns back to police reservists so that they (reservists) can protect our people,” said Lenolkulal.

Lesuuda said: “Vices may never end if the government does not take stern action against those found culpable."

She said stern action should be taken against lax security officers.