KDF soldiers deployed to Sololo after raid by Ethiopian army

A view of a section of Sololo town, Marsabit County on October 17, 2016. Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers from the Oda Camp have been deployed to the area after a herder was killed during a raid by Ethiopian army on Sunday. PHOTO | KEN BETT | NATION MEDIIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • On Sunday, at around 3pm, about 100 Ethiopian soldiers entered Kenya and surrounded Golole Village, about 9km west of the Sololo police station.
  • Marsabit Acting police commander Mark Wanjala said the deceased was herding his camel's at around 3pm when he was shot.

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers from the Oda Camp have moved to Sololo after the Ethiopian army raided a village in Marsabit.

On Sunday, at around 3pm, about 100 Ethiopian soldiers entered Kenya and surrounded Golole Village, about 9km west of the Sololo police station.

The soldiers claimed they were pursuing Oromo Liberation Front militants suspected to have killed police officers in Ethiopia.

In the process, a herder was killed by the Ethiopian soldiers.

This is what prompted KDF soldiers to be deployed to the area.

Marsabit Acting police commander Mark Wanjala said the deceased was herding his camels at around 3pm when he was shot.

“On Sunday, about 100 soldiers invaded Golole in search of members of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) after the latter killed several soldiers in Ethiopia following a fierce fighting,’’ Mr Wanjala said in his office adding they were repulsed by KDF who are still patrolling the area.

He said tension has gripped the residents of the area, nine kilometers from Sololo police station along the Kenya-Ethiopia border following the incident.

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