“Highway to Hell: Turkana Bandits Strike Again, Shooting Matatu Passenger in Thigh”
Turkana County was the scene of another wild west show last night, as bandits opened fire on a matatu chock-full of passengers traveling along the Kitale-Lodwar road. One unlucky soul was caught in the crossfire and suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh. He was quickly rushed to the Lodwar Referral Hospital for some much-needed medical attention.
“I Saw Young Men Herding Cows…Or So I Thought”
The matatu driver, still in shock, spoke to the press about the terrifying incident. “While I was on the road, I saw young men herding cows and I assumed that it was common but upon approaching, I realized they were carrying guns.” The driver added that the young men shot at the matatu and injured one passenger.
“Residents Demand Government Intervention, Beefed-Up Security on Kainuk-Kangkong Highway”
Following the night ambush, residents and other stakeholders are calling on the government to intervene and put an end to the reign of terror by these rogue bandits. They urge police officers to step up security measures around the Kainuk-Kangkong Highway as cases of bandits targeting road users continue to escalate.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki had previously vowed to deal ruthlessly with bandits in the most affected areas across the country, promising that the government would use its manpower to guarantee the safety of its residents. On January 28, he declared banditry a threat to national security and vowed to flush them out of their hideouts.
“Government Vows to Use Force Against Dangerous Bandits”
“The government will use force to flush out armed and dangerous bandits and bring permanent peace and security in this area and other affected parts of our country,” he affirmed. However, just three days after this declaration, bandits attacked a school and injured two pupils in broad daylight in Samburu County. Some of the residents have been left homeless and school-going students have been forced to seek out other learning institutions due to fear.