7 Killed in Meru Night Raid

A gun-carrying bandit
An undated image of a gun-carrying bandit.
Photo: KDF

Seven people were on Wednesday, January 5, killed in a night raid in Tigania East, Meru County.

The incident was confirmed by Buuri Chief, John Mamira, who revealed that the incident happened in Mweronkoro area.

Speaking to the media, Mamira stated that the seven were killed by cattle rustlers.

An undated image of a police vehicle at a scene of a crime
A police vehicle pictured at a scene of a crime

The incident comes nearly two years of relative calm in the area since the last attack.

In November 2020, twelve security officers were injured as they pursued cattle rustlers in Igembe North. The men made away with nearly 300 animals.

The incident came months after one person was killed while another was injured by 30 armed bandits in Ntangilia Village.

The armed raiders also made way with 157 head of cattle in at about 3 p.m.

Charles Kosgey, the then Tigania East Sub-County Commander, stated that 18 cattle were recovered at Artillery in Isiolo county and arrangements had been made to return them to the owners.

Following the incident, area residents begun fleeing, citing fears of possible subsequent attacks.

In addition, the government noted that the tension in the Meru-Isiolo border was due to a spike in the number of persons illegally in possession of firearms.

To show commitment towards the fight against insecurity in the country, President Uhuru Kenyatta, on  June 9, 2021, set ablaze 5,144 guns at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County.

File image of firearms being burned in Kenya
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