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May 17, 2013

Three killed along Kenya-Ethiopia border in attack linked to militiamen




MANDERA, KENYA: Three people were Thursday night killed after militiamen believed to be from Ethiopia attacked a village at the main border.
Officials said tension was high along the Kenya-Ethiopia border after the militiamen killed three women in Malkamau area and escaped back to their country.
Sources said all the killed women were Degodia and link the attack to the ongoing
inter clan attacks in the area.
There has been an inter clan fighting between Degodiaand Gareh over control of resources in the largerMandera County in the past month along leaving at least eight people dead now.
Police say the attack happened when a gang armed with guns crossed over and struck the village before returning back and there are fears of retaliations.
More police have been deployed to the area in efforts to address insecurity that has been on the rise.
A section of Mandera residents have so far surrendered 10 guns and more than 500 bullets following an ultimatum that was issued to them to surrender their illegally held weapons or face forceful disarmament.
The assorted weapons were handed over by residents to various chiefs in the area on Monday and Tuesday as part of the ultimatum that was issued by Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo on Sunday.
But local police bosses said the weapons are not enough and urged the locals to continue surrendering them.
“These are not enough because we know there are many others in hundreds in the wrong hands there. We continue to urge them to surrender the weapons,” saidNorth Eastern police boss Charlton Murithi.
It is not clear if the planned gun mop up will continue given not all have been surrendered.
The move by the local clans follows Kimaiyo’s order that they surrender their illegally held guns by today or face forceful disarmament.

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