Kenyan pastoralist clashes kill seven-officials

September 7, 2011 21:00

ISIOLO, Kenya - Fighting between pastoralists over grazing land in drought-ravaged northern Kenya on Wednesday killed seven people, the latest in a string of deadly clashes this year, officials said.

Eastern Regional Commissioner Isaiah Nakoru told Reuters a group of about 100 armed raiders from Samburu attacked livestock herders from Isiolo who had moved to the Lesosia grazing area due to harsh conditions elsewhere."Seven people were killed, three were injured and at least 1,000 animals are reported to have been stolen. Several teams of security personnel are pursuing the raiders" said Nakoru.

Local leaders and civil rights groups protested against the killings and blamed the government for failing to disarm the Samburu communities.

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