One Shot Dead in Kapyego, Marakwet East
Tension remained high in Kapchego village in Marakwet East after armed assailants raided the area and killed a local resident.
The attack which took place in a village in Kapyego division has left local community in fear.
The assailants who were reportedly armed with AK47 rifles broke into a house and shot dead Jackson Kilimo.
According to the area Chief Vincent Kimito, the attackers shot the deceased three times on the chest and head before escaping without stealing any property.
“This has sparked tension among the locals living in this village and its environs,” the chief added.
He also revealed that the deceased was alone when the raiders broke into his house at around 3am on Sunday.
He said the gunshots which rent the air in the wee hours of the morning awakened the sleepy village attracting the attention of the residents before the raiders escaped under the cover of the night.
“We do not know the motive of the assailants but we are now conducting public barazas in a bid to identify the suspects,” the local administrator added.
Marakwet East OCPD Lemmy Njiru said the officers were pursuing the suspects adding that detectives have been deployed to the scene.
Njiru said the police were pursuing crucial leads as they close in on some suspects, adding that they were talking to villagers who were providing useful information that could lead to the arrest of the culprits.
The attack happened barely two weeks after another man was killed at neighbouring Kewabus village.
Seven cows were stolen in the Kewabus incident, where armed cattle rustlers suspected to have come from Kipchumwa along the Elgeyo Marakwet- West Pokot border attacked at 2 am on Sunday May 14.
By Anne Cheruiyot