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“Kapedo bandit attacks were part of ritual ceremony,” CS Matiang’i says

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In Summary
  • Interior CS Fred Matiang’i says that the horrific attacks were organised by some traditional leaders in a form of cultural ceremony.
  • Tension remains high in Kapedo area after suspected bandit attacks on Monday and Tuesday left one person killed, four others injured, and many houses torched.

A senior police officer was on Sunday shot dead by suspected bandits in Kapedo area, Turkana County.

General Service Unit operation commander Emadau Tebakol was killed in the 4:30 pm ambush that left two other officers injured.

This was not the first time in a week the suspected bandits were attacking locals of Kapedo area, at the border of Baringo and Turkana Counties.

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Preliminary investigations have revealed that the ambush were orchestrated intentionally as a ritual ceremony.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i says that the horrific attacks were organised by some traditional leaders in a form of cultural ceremony, promising to find a lasting solution to the menace.

“The Inspector General has since launched an unprecedented operation in the area, and we will not relent until all the perpetrators, including the elders who administered the oath and sent off the killers are surrendered and bought to justice,” says CS Matiang’i.

The ministry warns that the operation will be extensive and sustained “as we meticulously comb through every nook and cranny in the area until we find the last criminal.”

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In renewed attacks, tension remains high in Kapedo area after suspected bandit attacks on Monday and Tuesday left one person killed, four others injured, and many houses torched.

The animosity among the Pokot and Turkana communities has seen hundreds of families displaced and schools such as Kapedo Secondary, Kapedo Primary, Kapedo Girls Primary, Lomelo and Silale deserted.

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