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Attackers Kill 15 in Tribal Conflict

April 2, 1988

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ Attackers with rifles, spears and machetes raided a village and hacked 15 men to death in what appeared to be ongoing violence between tribes, police said Saturday.

All the victims were Borans. The Borans have have quarreled with another pastoral tribe, the Somalis, over land and water in arid northern Kenya, said a police source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Police Commissioner Philip Kilonzo was quoted in Nairobi newspapers as saying the attack occurred Wednesday night at a manyatta, one of the temporary settlements erected by pastoral tribes.

Authorities said the area is so remote that it took two days for word of the massacre to reach the nearest town, Garbatulla, which is 320 miles north of Nairobi, the capital.

Kilonzo said police were sent to the area to track the killers. He did not speculate on why the villagers were killed or who was responsible.

One Nairobi newspaper said the intruders were rustlers who made off with 2,000 goats after the raid. Another newspaper called the killers ″bandits,″ but offered no explanation for the killings. Both newspapers quoted police.

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