Kenyan Army Recovers Over 200 Illegal Guns During Operation

Kenyan Army Recovers Over 200 Guns Ammunition During Operation (News Central TV)
Kenyan military personnel march to Camp Great White to participate in the opening ceremony for exercise Natural Fire 2006 conducted at Nginyang Village, Kenya, Aug. 7, 2006. The exercise, the largest held between East African Community nations and the United States, consists of military-to-military training as well as medical, veterinary, and engineering civic affairs programs conducted in rural areas throughout the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nic Raven) (Released)

According to the interior ministry, at least 200 guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition have been recovered in Kenya‘s northern Marsabit county as part of an ongoing operation to bring peace to the region.

According to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, there are over 5,000 illegal guns in the community.

Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i

A joint security team has been conducting a sweep to confiscate illegal firearms from the general public.

Officials say some of the guns were surrendered to them.

The government has also extended the area’s dusk-to-dawn curfew for another 30 days. For the past two months, the county has been under curfew.

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Ethnic violence has already claimed many lives in the northern county, and a recent escalation in clashes has been blamed on political incitement as campaigning for the August general election heats up.

In addition, the region has been suffering from a severe drought in recent months.

The drought has put a strain on common resources like water and pastures, putting families at risk of starvation.

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