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Kapedo to be placed under curfew from dusk to dawn, says Matiang’i

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The government has placed Kapedo, the border of Turkana and Baringo counties under a dusk-to-dawn curfew as a security operation continues in the area.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i  while declaring the area as a disturbed zone said the aim is to enhance the ongoing operation to address cases of insecurity that have claimed at least 10 lives in the last one month.

Matiang’i said he was set to gazette a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the area as part of efforts to address the problem.

“We want to deal with the menace once and for all. We will have to deal with the criminals behind this issue who include leaders,” Matiang’i said.

He spoke after meeting UK’s Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace who is in Nairobi on an official duty.

This will be the second time Kapedo is declared a disturbed zone in three years.

The government had gazetted several places in the region as dangerous zones as part of efforts to manage the crisis caused by bandit attacks.

The places included Rumuruti, Ol Moran, Kirimon, Marmanet, Mukogodo East, Segera, Mithiga and Matuiku.

Police operations have been ongoing in the area with indications they could be extended to curb runaway insecurity in the region.

Two more police officers were Thursday evening shot and killed in an ambush by bandits.

The head of Rapid Deployment Unit in Kapedo who is a chief inspector and his driver were in a lead lorry in a convoy of three vehicles when they came under attack at a bridge marking the boundary between Turkana and Baringo counties.

About 10 civilians have been killed there in the past one month.

It is the same place where a senior General Service Unit officer was shot and killed in another ambush on January 17.

The officers were on the way from Nakuru with food for other colleagues in a camp in the area when they came under attack at about 4pm. Also in the convoy were a Land Cruiser and a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle when the attack happened.

Police had earlier on conducted an operation in the area pushing away cattle that the gunmen are using as shield to attack them

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