Baragoi School Closed after Tribal Attacks Between Students

Ammunition recovered from previous bandit attacks: COURTESY

Baragoi mixed secondary school has been closed indefinitely after a fight broke out between students from two communities.

At least a dozen students have been treated at the Baragoi sub county hospital with minor injuries after a fight broke out between students from Turkana and Samburu communities.

Baragoi Sub county Director of Education Mr. Peter Emanman told KNA that the fight arose immediately after parade when students from the Samburu community attacked their Turkana counterparts.

“The students came to school with concealed weapons and after parade they descended on the other students while armed with rungus, swords, and machetes.” he said.

Emanman added that police immediately responded and quelled the fight in the 180 student population institution while the injured students were taken to hospital where they were treated and discharged.

There has been tension in Baragoi town in the last two weeks following the killing of four herders by cattle rustlers in Kawap area while a primary school teacher was shot dead one week ago in Baragoi town by unknown people.

The latest incident happened on Tuesday a few kilometers from Baragoi town when two herders were shot dead by cattle rustlers believed to be from the Turkana community who drove away 500 cows.

The tension has also paralysed businesses shared between the Samburu and Turkana communities.

Samburu county Public Health Officer Mr Erastus Sinoti noted that after the killing of the primary school teacher, the Baragoi slaughterhouse did not operate for three days with both communities fearing each other.

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