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Kenya Forest Service probes attack on conservation station

The Kenya Forest Service has been dealt a blow after bandits burnt a conservation station in Marakwet East.

Twelve KFS officers manning the station escaped unhurt in the Sunday evening attack.

Senior Deputy Director in charge of Field Operations Essau Omollo said the camp is where officers protecting Embobut Forest, a Cherangany water tower, are stationed.

“We want to put it on record that none of our officers have been injured or killed during this heinous act. They all managed to escape unhurt and we have immediately launched a probe into this incident,” Mr Omollo said.

The incident has also caused tension among residents of Tangul village.

Burning logs at KFS Tangul station

Burning logs at KFS Tangul station on April 3, 2017. The logs were set ablaze by bandits on April 2, 2017 after they attacked the camp. PHOTO | DENNIS LUBANGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mr Omollo said the government will repair the station and that all measures to secure the forest from destruction will be considered.

“We will not be intimidated. We want to make sure that this forest is protected and any bandit planning to torch trees should know that he will not succeed.”

A section of the burnt Tangul KFS conservation

A section of the burnt Tangul KFS conservation station in Marakwet East on April 3, 2017. The camp was set a blaze by bandits on April 2, 2017. PHOTO | DENNIS LUBANGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Elgeyo Marakwet Deputy County Commissioner Eric Mulevu led a team of security officers to the area and appealed to the locals to provide police with any information that might lead to the arrests of the assailants.

“We have held several consultative forums with members of Sengwer community. We can therefore say that there are a few bandits who are behind the malicious destruction of government property, and we can assure you that these elements will be brought to book,” Mr Mulevu said on Sunday.

A contingent of security officers assess the extent of damage at Tangul KFS conservation station

A contingent of security officers assess the extent of damage on Tangul KFS conservation station in Marakwet East on April 3, 2017. This is after bandits attacked the station on April 2, 2017. PHOTO | DENNIS LUBANGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A Land Cruiser used for patrols was also burnt.

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