Two police officers were yesterday evening killed in an ambush attack in Kapedo by suspected bandits, even as a security operation in the area operation enters day four.
The officers belonging to the Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU) were killed along the Kapedo bridge at around 7:30pm days after a senior GSU officer was killed.
The officers had travelled to Marigat town on a police land cruiser and had been accompanied by an Armoured personnel Carrier vehicle (APC) as part of the security protocol.
This happens even as locals free the region fearing for the lives affecting schools.
Residents are attributing the ongoing Kapedo clashes to unresolved historical land disputes on the border of Baringo and Turkana counties.
On Sunday afternoon, senior GSU Superintendent Emadau Tamkol was ambushed and shot dead by gunmen near the volatile Kapedo area. Three colleagues were wounded.
They were assessing the volatile situation, monitoring food distribution and responding to a distress call.
Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai said the ongoing operation will capture the murderers and those who steal cattle and destroy property.
“The bandits ambushed the Land Cruiser the officer was using to go back to Nairobi after distributing foodstuffs to the bandit attack victims,” Mutyambai said.
The disputed Kapedo border area is 18km in radius and contains valuable natural resources and minerals. Geothermal power generation is ongoing
On Monday, Rift Valley regional commissioner George Natembeya said bandits had crossed a red line by killing a law enforcement officer.
Since 2014, more than 40 people, including 21 GSU officers, have been killed, many injured and thousands of animals stolen by bandits in Kapedo.
However according to 2013 Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission report the contested Kapedo political unit lies in Napeitom ward of Turkana East constituency.
The leadership in Tiaty subcounty claims Kapedo is geographically and administratively in Baringo county.
Currently tension remains high in the area amid the ongoing retaliatory attacks between the warring Pokot and Turkana gunmen since Monday last week.
Earlier on Monday, Pokot gunmen from Tiaty subcounty, Baringo, stormed Kapedo, killing a 70-year old Turkana man, Ekayapan Edung.
Turkana county police commander Samuel Ndanyi said three others were injured and 10 houses were torched during the attack.
“The elderly man succumbed on the spot while those injured were treated at Kapedo dispensary and later referred to Nakuru General Hospital,” he said