Thursday, May 5, 2011

38 Kenyans killed in raid by Ethiopian armed men

May 4 2011 / Sapa-AFP

An attack by Ethiopian armed men on a rival community in a remote region of north Kenya on the Ethiopian border left 38 people dead, a local official said on Wednesday.

“Where the incident occurred is very remote and mostly not accessible,” Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner Osman Warfa told AFP in an update on Tuesday's attack.

“Security forces have been combing the area since last (Tuesday) evening and the number of people killed by Merile militia men from Ethiopia is now 38,” he added.

The raid had targeted fishermen and cattle herders, who are normally armed in that region, he said. But several women coming home from market also got caught up in the fighting and were killed.