MARSABIT, Kenya– A vehicle with 15 occupants was sprayed bullets by unknown assailants around Chopa area along the Marsabit-Moyale road on Tuesday evening, November 16.
Following the unfortunate incident, one person was confirmed dead while three others sustained injuries of various degrees.
Speaking on the incidents, Marsabit County Commissioner, Paul Rotich, disclosed that the vehicle developed mechanical problems and occupants were trying to fix it when they were ambushed by the armed assailants.
“The vehicle had been hired by a certain telecommunications company and was encountered to Baluk for fieldwork,” Rotich said.
Marsabit, which is one of the country’s North-most regions, is prone to attacks by people believed to be Alshabaab militia or their sympathizers.
Banditry attacks of such nature are a common course with the government moving into beef security in the volatile region.
The government has asked citizens to take caution, observing that terrorism remained a global threat that most countries are on high alert.
“We urge all citizens to be vigilant while in places with high human traffic and to promptly report any suspicious character, behavior, movement or unchartered parcels to the near police officer or police station,”
Last week, six people were shot dead after the canter they were traveling in was sprayed with bullets by armed militia along Marsabit-Badasa Road.
Marsabit Governor, Mahmud Ali, stated the killing took place near the county’s police station ahead of a major Harambee meeting.
“An elaborate system has been put in place to undermine the county government of Marsabit so that the county is ungovernable. Every time we have a major activity, merciless killings happen,” he stated.
Eleven others were admitted to Marsabit Referral Hospital with gunshot wounds