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Police launch operation to flush out armed herders from Buffalo Springs

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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The security team has rolled out a 10-day-operation to evict all herders and domestic animals within the Buffalo Springs Game Reserve.

A contingent comprising hundreds of police officers and park rangers has been deployed to the area to flush out the armed herders following recent killing of six people in a fight between two communities living within the Isiolo-Samburu border which has since caused tension and affected tourism business.

County Police Commander Joseph Kigen said the exercise will be conducted in a humane manner and urged the officers to treat human beings with utmost dignity during the exercise.

The police boss maintained that the operation, which will be led by Isiolo Sub-County police commander George Kariuki, will be sustained until all the herders and animals are off the reserve.

County Secretary Ahmed Galgalo said the intention is to have herders stay at least 10 kilometres away from the reserve.

Dr Galgalo said it was unfortunate that lives were being lost inside a government facility saying the attacks were posing a security threat to locals and even tourists.

“It is disheartening seeing people fight and kill each other in the parks and that is why we must push them out,” said Dr Galgalo.

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