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Mon Dec 22 10:27:05 SAST 2014

Cattle raiders kill seven in Kenya

Sapa-AFP | 08 February, 2013 12:27
A Masai herder walks with grazing cattle. File picture.
Image by: GORAN TOMASEVIC / REUTERS

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.

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