‘Seven killed in Kenya cattle raid’

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iol travel aug 2 Great Rift Valley REUTERS A Kenyan boy drives away his family cattle after the Kenyan military ransacked his home in Kenya's northern Great Rift Valley on May 04, 2006.

Nairobi -

Cattle raiders killed at least seven people on Friday in Kenya's volatile Rift Valley province, police said.

“Seven people were killed when attackers raided a village,” a police source said, adding that the attack took place at Kaptir, a remote village in the arid northern Turkana region.

“Officers are currently fighting the bandits with a view of recovering the stolen cattle,” Kenya's police chief David Kimaiyo told AFP, although he could not confirm exact casualties.

Cattle rustling and tit-for-tat killings between rival groups leave dozens dead every year in the region, where guns are common.

In November, gunmen in northern Kenya killed more than 40 policemen in an ambush as they pursued cattle thieves. - Sapa-AFP


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