Death toll at Kenya-Sudan border clash rises to 11

15:11, June 18, 2011      

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The death toll in an attack on Sunday by Sudanese Toposa militia at a village in Turkana North district in northern Kenya has risen to 11.

The victims mostly women and children were killed in an isolated village when over 300 heavily armed Toposa militia from southern Sudan attacked the village in Loruth located near southern Sudan border.

Earlier report indicated that there were fears that Toposa militia had killed nine Kenyan herders at Kaemongor village about 20 km inside Kenyan border.

Administrator Jack Obuo has led a team of security officers to the scene to verify the report.

"We managed to recover and count eleven bodies mostly of women and children after along search mission with the security officers, " Obuo said on Friday.

Among the dead were 10 women and an eight year old herds boy.

The administrator said two people including a woman and a man were seriously wounded by the raiders. He said the woman sustained gunshot on the back and the man had a broken leg.

Local civic leader James Eregae said they found the injured man hiding in a cave for three days and they had to carry him to the vehicle which had gone to rescue. "We will assist the injured man to reach Lodwar district hospital for an ex-ray since Lokitaung hospital lacks specialized equipments for scanning," Eregae said.

He said residents have fled the area following the attack as tension continues heightening in the area. "We appeal to the government to deploy security to the area and provide relief emergencies to the affected families," he added.

Source: Xinhua
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