Clan warfare in Mandera has claimed several lives this week. Police claim this is a ‘spill-over’ of similar fighting in Ethiopia. Our neighbour in the north is also the source of another conflict being staged in Garissa

A vicious war between the Ethiopian Government and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebel group is playing out on Kenyan soil, with deadly consequences.

ONLF have been fighting the Ethiopian Government since 1984 over Ogaden region in south-eastern Ethiopia. The region inhabited by ethnic Somalis.

In the months of June and July, at least five Ethiopian nationals were shot dead and scores of others escaped with gunshot injuries in Garissa town.

The victims include Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdirishad Mohamed, who was shot dead after leaving Khalifa Mosque in Garissa town on June 1st, Khathar Ismail, who was shot on July 1st, and Mohammed Hassan Abdi who was shot dead inside his shop on July 9th. Also killed on June 27th, is Abdirashid Ali Bashir, who was felled near Guled Hotel.

Abdirashid Geel Qaad and Deek Mohammed Ahmed, brother of the slain Muslim cleric sustained gunshot wounds.

Initially, the police suspected the killings of the Ethiopians to be the work of al-Shabaab militant group which has also carried a series of gun and grenade attacks in the county, Garissa County, Garissa County CID Boss Musa Yego said.

However, on July 9th, a breakthrough to the mysterious killings presented itself to the police when residents gave chase and nabbed Abdirahaman Mohammed Hajir near Guled Hotel area in Garissa town, Yego said.

According to Yego, Hajir had walked into a shop that day and shot dead the shopkeeper identified as Mohammed Hassan Abdi.

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