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Kenyan rustlers in deadly attack

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A least 29 people have been killed and dozens injured in a cattle raid in drought-stricken central Kenya.

The BBC's Nur Hassan in the region says the clashes began when ethnic Pokot cattle rustlers attacked a field with animals belonging to Samburu herders.

Local MP Raphael Letimalo said women and children were among the dead.

The Laikipia District in the Rift Valley has a long history of fighting over pasture and water, which has been exacerbated by the drought.

The authorities say the dead include 21 Samburu people and eight Pokot raiders.

Hundreds of police officers have been deployed to the area where tension is high and people are fleeing, our reporter says.

Last week, 15 people were killed in a similar raid and an estimated 100 families were displaced.

The drought and the failure of the government to clamp down on illegal weapons is blamed for the violence, our reporter says.



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