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Tension high in Baringo as bandit attacks persist

Suspected Pokot bandits attempted to raid Chemoe village in Baringo North on Tuesday but were repulsed by Anti-Stock Theft Unit officers and police reservists.

More than 500 residents are camping there after being displaced between February and May.

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Barketiew assistant chief Jackson Keitany said the bandits’ intention was to steal more than 2,000 goats from Tugen herders.

“People were gathering their animals at about 6pm when they heard gunshots. Officers and reservists repulsed the attackers.”

Keitany said the bandits may have been from Kositei in Ribko ward, Tiaty sub-county.

“I have a list of names of notorious bandits and Pokot chiefs who have been terrorising residents and frustrating efforts to recover stolen livestock,” he said.

The incident took place barely two weeks after bandits drove away 100 goats that belonged to Yatya Primary school head teacher Thomas Kiburet.

On May 29, attackers stormed the village and stole 42 cattle and 200 goats from three families.

“We repulsed the bandits with the help of police and NPR and recovered all the goats. The bandits fled towards Kadingding village in Paka location, Tiaty,” said the chief.

Chemoe resident Richard Chepchomei said more than 30,000 displaced residents of Baringo North and South are living in fear.

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