A manhunt has been launched for cattle-rustling bandits who attacked and killed 11 people in Turkana East, Turkana County, early Saturday morning.

The 11 casualties included eight police officers, two civilians and a local chief.

In a statement on Monday, Police spokesman Bruno Shioso said a contingent of police officers has been dispatched to the area to ensure the bandits are apprehended and brought to book.

A multi-agency security operation has today been launched in the area to arrest the perpetrators, recover the stolen animals and firearms, and return normalcy to the area,” read part of the statement.

Mr. Shioso further condemned the act, affirming that such criminal tendencies shall not be condoned and that no stone shall be left unturned in the crackdown.

“Such acts of criminality and impunity shall not be tolerated and must be brought to an end at all costs. As such, bandits terrorizing innocent people have been put on notice,” he said.

He went on to appeal to the public to work in tandem with police authorities and provide any information regarding the whereabouts of the perpetrators.

“NPS appeals to the public to cooperate with this noble effort to return security to the area by volunteering information that may lead to arrest of the criminals and recovery of stolen animals.”

On Sunday, President William Ruto said he has received a comprehensive report on the attack, and has instructed security agencies to deal firmly, decisively and conclusively with those involved.

By Fred Azelwa.