Eight people were killed Tuesday morning (August 26th) in inter-clan clashes in Guba, Mandera County, in apparent retaliation for violence in Rhamu at the weekend that left at least three people dead, Kenya’s The Standard reported.
Police say about 200 armed militiamen believed to be from Ethiopia raided the Guba trading centre, burning 20 houses, five shops and fifteen manyattas. They also vandalised the Guba primary school and a dispensary, and stole 15 solar panels and batteries.
“The attack was a retaliation of the earlier one but we are hunting the attackers,” said North Eastern Regional Police Commander Patrick Lumumba.
Kenyan Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo dispatched a police helicopter from Nairobi on Tuesday to support efforts to restore security in Mandera following ongoing clashes between the Degodia and Garre clans, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported.
Officers from the General Service Unit, regular police, the Administration Police’s Rural Border Patrol Unit, Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Kenya Police Reserve are all participating in the joint operation to restore security in Mandera.