Residents flee as military hunts for guns and bandits

Burnt houses at Chemolingot in Baringo County on November 07, 2014 after security personnel allegedly held an operation in the area in the on-going operation to flush out bandits and recover guns stolen from the slain 19 Administration Policemen on the Kapedo-Lokori road last week. 29 people were injured in the night operation. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Some of the residents were desperately trying to recover whatever was left of their homes. The troops have set up their base at Kapedo town centre, which lies on the border of Baringo and Turkana counties.
  • Business has come to a standstill with many shops closed. Many students who had just closed school for the December holidays were stranded as others walked to reach home.
  • The Chemolingot military campaign came barely two days after Tiaty Sub-county Commissioner Daniel Kurui appealed to residents to co-operate with the soldiers by surrendering illegal firearms.

More than 30 people were injured and property destroyed after the military descended on Tiaty Sub-county to recover stolen and seize illegal firearms.

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