Police were ambushed and dozens were slaughtered. Now the military is being sent in.
Kenya's National Security Council, chaired by President Mwai Kibaki, said today that soldiers will join a police-led operation in the Samburu region. But it will take some time to have "actual boots on the ground," said Col. Cyrus Oguna, spokesman for the Kenya Defense Forces.
Over the weekend, 38 officers were killed by heavily armed cattle rustlers, according to injured police reservists who were on the scene. Local media reports put the number killed at between 37 and 42. Many others were injured.
The police were part of an operation to recover cattle belonging to the Samburu tribe that had been stolen by the Turkana tribe, officials said. A large group of Turkana fired on police in a valley.
The Turkana and Samburu have been staging raids to steal each other's livestock for many years.