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Two feared dead as armed groups clash in Garba Tula.

figure By VIVIAN JEBET Tension rose in Garba Tula Sub-county, Isiolo, on Saturday evening when a local armed group clashed with another from neighbouring Garissa County. class="MsoNormalGarba Tula Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Victor Kamonde said men suspected to be bandits from Lagdera Constituency in Garissa exchanged fire with their counterparts from Uchana, some 5kms from Garbatulla centre.

class="MsoNormalCASUALTIES class="MsoNormalAt least two people from Ladgera were feared dead. class="MsoNormalThe DCC said an unknown number of bandits from Garissa had been on patrol near Kambi Samaki manyatta, when they met a group of men from Isiolo camping nearby.

class="MsoNormalThe manyatta area is a subject of contest between the two communities. class="MsoNormalIsiolo South member of parliament (MP) Abdi Koropu Tepo said two men from Garba Tula were injured.

class="MsoNormalMr Tepo said the non-locals attacked the home guards and that one was shot three times in different parts of his body. We do not know their motive.

No livestock were stolen," he said, adding police were slow in their response.Those injured were taken to Garba Tula Sub-county Hospital before being transferred to Isiolo County Referral Hospital.

The attack forced officials of the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), who had been transporting Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination papers to a container in Sericho, to return to Garba Tula. The area is tense but we have beefed up security by enhancing police presence in a bid to restore normalcy, " said Mr Kamonde.

class="MsoNormalThe papers eventually reached the container for delivery to schools ahead of Monday's examinations. class="MsoNormalThe DCC asked residents to keep calm and avoid creating and spreading propaganda that causes fear.

The government can deal decisively with roadside bandits. Locals should share information with security personnel for easier tracing and arrests," he added.

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Publication:Daily Nation, Kenya (Nairobi, Kenya)
Date:Nov 4, 2018
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