8 police officers killed in an ambush.
8 police officers killed in an ambush in Turkana East. The 8 were among the eleven people who were killed in the saga.
The 11 include; 8 police officers, two residents and a chief.
NPS stated,” A local chief, two (2) members of the public and eight police officers succumbed to the injuries.”
A statement by the police revealed that the eleven were pursuing cattle rustlers who managed to get away with some livestock.
Police report stated,”The National Police Service regrets to inform on the criminal and cowardly ambush by cattle rustling bandits on innocent members of the public and police officers. The officers were in hot pursuit of Pokot bandits who had raided a village in Turkana East and made away with livestock.”
Among the known victims is Ekuru Aukot’s sister. Ekuru Aukot was once a presidential candidate.
Ekuru pleaded with the president and his deputy to tackle the security issue in Turkana.
Ekuru said,” Dear President William Ruto and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, I just lost my sister Mary Kanyaman, a mother of little kids, to Pokot bandits in Napeitom. We have also lost the area chief and eight other police officers. We will Bury them, but fix the insecurity issue in Turkana East.”
The national police service has promised that more police officers have been dispatched to maintain the security issue.
NPS further said that necessary measures are being put up to make sure everyone in Turkana is safe and the thugs are found.
NPS said,”We have dispatched additional officers to reinforce the troops on the ground in beefing up security in the area and pursue the bandits.”
“NPS reassures the public that all necessary measures shall be taken to restore security and safety in the region. NPS further condoles with the bereaved families of the departed officers and members of the public.” NPS added.