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At least eight killed, others injured in rival clan clashes over border dispute in Wajir County.

By NJ Correspondent

A resident of Baqala shows injuries he sustained during the attack on their village in Eldas Constituency, Wajir County. (Photo/Courtesy)

A resident of Baqala shows injuries he sustained during the attack on their village in Eldas Constituency, Wajir County. (Photo/Courtesy)

Eight people were killed and 20 others injured after clan militia launched attack on Baqala location residents of Eldas Constituency on Saturday morning.

Baqala location which is situated the border between Wajir West and Eldas constituencies has of late become an instigating zone of war for the residents of Wajir West and Eldas Sub-counties which are largely inhabited by Matan and Jibrael sub-clans of Dagodia community respectively.

A security officer, who requested anonymity, told NEP Journal that militiamen comprising of 40 heavily armed men attacked the village on Saturday morning burning houses as they attacked area residents who included women and children.

It is suspected that the clashes have been caused by rising tension over boundary dispute between the two neighboring sub clans of Dagodia community putting it the first time such an incident has occurred amongst two sub-clans of Dagodia community in history.

Abdi Osman told NEP Journal that religious leaders, Wajir MPs, security apparatus are on the grounding to calm the situation.

“The hallmark of the conflict lies squarely to the political difference of Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi, Wajir West MP Abdikadir Ore and Eldas MP Adan Keynan Wehliye. This needs a government intervention to once solve this madness once and for all,” said Osman.

He called the two sub-clans to solve their indifference soberly and stop going to each other’s throats at this time when the county is experiencing biting drought and water shortages.

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