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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Worrying: Heavily Armed Ethiopian Forces Take Over Kenya Police Post…Vow To Return

An estimated 50 heavily armed Ethiopian soldiers in 10 vehicles crossed the border and stormed Illeret Police Station in North Horr and took strategic positions around the station.

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The unfortunate incident came barely a week after surveyors from both countries had completed surveying and demarcating the Kenya-Ethiopia border, North Horr OCPD Tom Odero told the Nation. The menacing soldiers and police from Ethiopia reportedly took photos of the area that lies 16 kilometres from the border.

In a show of total impunity, the soldiers said that the Kenyan Government was not privy to their presence and reportedly vowed to return again. They proceeded to inspect the border and a lake.




This is said to be the third Ethiopian forces have made an incursion into Kenya this year. Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet’s office seems to be clueless on the intention of the Ethiopians. A brief from his office read:

“Their intention is not clear”

Mr Odero said that the border had very few officers and required reinforcements.

“Illeret Police Station has nine officers only, but the few who are there remain on high alert, monitoring the border”

The Kenya Defence Forces spokesman, Colonel David Obonyo, was reported saying that they were not privy to the invasion by the Ethiopians.

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