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Security forces accused of exterminating camels in Boko town, Tanariver County

By Nep Journal Correspondent:

 

Up to 120 heads of camel have been exterminated in the sleepy Boko village in Tanariver County, Nep Journal has learnt.

Several houses have also been torched with affected herders pointing an accusing finger at security forces.

Ibrahim Taqal Tarbi who lost up to 80 heads himself appealed to the government to immediately investigate the matter and apprehend the culprits.

“Two of my sons were herding camels when they were approached by security forces who indiscriminately fired at the herd killing 55 of them in one place, several others were shot at different areas while I cannot account for the rest of my camels,” said Tarbi whose sons survived the gruesome attack.

Several houses were reportedly torched in the area, according to sources.

Locals told Nep Journal on phone some of the herders were fleeing after being caught out in violent clashes between the Kamba community and Somali herders in the recent past in neighboring areas.

Camels, treasured for by the Somali community, are reared for meat and milk. The price of one camel ranges from Kshs 50,000 to Kshs 100,000 depending on its age and physical status. Its milk on the hand range from Kshs 200 – 500 depending on the season and volume on supply.

Efforts to get more information from local police chiefs bore no fruit.

 

 

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