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Meru banditry attack leaves five dead and hundreds of cattle stolen

Five people, among them two national police reservists, have lost their lives in the hands of bandits in Mutuati, Igembe North in Meru County.

Confirming the incident, Meru County Commissioner Fred Ndunga said the Njaruine village raid saw more than 100 cattle driven away.

“Our officers are after the perpetrators and updates on the same will be made in the course of time”, said Ndunga.

Sources revealed that more than 70 Morans, suspected to be from Samburu, attacked the village on Monday night and killed one person while two others were killed Tuesday morning.

“As at now, officers drawn from Meru, Samburu and Isiolo Counties are pursuing the bandits”, Ndunga added.

Leaders from the region have called on Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki and Inspector General of police Japhet Koome to ensure that security is beefed up in the area.

Area Member of Parliament Julius Thaitumu noted that the two security heads are aware of the security concerns in the area and called on them to take necessary actions.  

“This time round residents want actions taken, not just words”, the MP said.

The injured were rushed to Mutuati Level Four Hospital.

Residents of the area are pleading with the government to help solve the prolonged banditry menace in the area.

“Promises have been made in the past while nothing has been done about it. Their talk should be followed by actions this time round”, Samson Kubai, a resident said.

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