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Heavily Armed Bandits torch school in Laikipia




On Tuesday afternoon, heavily armed bandits set fire to a school in Laikipia West, as tensions remained high in the area ravaged by insecurity.

The bandits set fire to Mirigwiti Primary School before engaging security officers in a brief gunfight before fleeing.

The attack occurred on September 7, 2021, as Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya launched a security operation in the nearby town of Ol Moran.

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The incident occurs just one day after Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang'i announced a major security operation to remove illegal occupants from bandit-prone areas in Laikipia County.

According to the Rift Valley Regional Coordinator, Mirigwiti is one of the schools that has been shut down due to insecurity in the county. There were no students in school because the school was recently closed due to insecurity in the area.

“We will be ruthless and we will flush out all the bandits from the region. We cannot tolerate this height of criminality,” said Natembeya who arrived in the region minutes after the bandits fled.




According to Mr Natembeya, the bandits were armed with heavy and sophisticated firearms used by foreign soldiers who come to Kenya for the training noting that it is unclear how they obtain such weapons.

"While our officers are using AK-47 and G3 rifles, they are using M16 and other heavy rifles,” he said a thorough investigation should be launched on how the bandits access heavy weapons.

Meanwhile, despite government assurances that their safety is guaranteed, residents continued to flee the restive Ol Moran.




The government imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the restive areas of Laikipia Nature Conservancy and its surroundings on Monday. CS Matiang'i referred to them as disturbed areas.

Dr Matiang'i said in a statement on Monday that the directive affects parts of the vast conservancy, which has been turned into a haven for armed bandits.

Kuki Gallmann, a conservationist and author, owns the conservancy.




Attackers also set fire to the conservationist's education centre two weeks ago.

 

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