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Two villagers killed in fresh ethnic violence

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By ABDIMALIK HAJIR

Two people have been killed and two others injured in separate clan clashes in Garissa and Mandera Counties.

In one of the incidents, a middle-aged herder was shot dead and his colleague seriously wounded in the troubled Qabobey village, Garissa County, in renewed fighting between the Auliyahan and the Abdiwak clans on Saturday morning.

County Commissioner Rashid Khator said the two clans are locked in a row over pasture and water.

He said more security officers had been sent to the area to stem the hostilities.

“We also had a meeting with peace committees from both sides so that they can resolve the dispute amicably and avoid more trouble,” said Mr Khator.

The official said no arrests had been made yet but police were pursuing the culprits.

More than 10 people were killed in sporadic fighting between the two clans in Qabobey since the hostilities between the two clans flared up a year ago.

In March this year, scores of people, especially women and children, were displaced after 21 houses were burnt down in Qabobey village.

Early this month, a herder was killed in the area when raiders struck.

On Friday evening, a middle-aged woman was killed and a teenage boy seriously injured in Garre village, Banisa, Mandera West sub-county.

The woman was shot when a suspected Degodia militia invaded the village.

The killing has pushed the death toll in the clash-torn Mandera County to 17.

County police commander Noah Mwivanda said the boy was taken to a hospital in Rhamu District.

The village is so remote that security officers could not access it using a vehicle, said Mr Mwivanda.