Kenya seizes hundreds of guns in operation

At least 200 guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition have been recovered in Kenya’s northern Marsabit county, in an ongoing operation to bring peace to the region, said the interior ministry.

More than 5,000 illegal guns are suspected to be in the community, says Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

A joint security team has been carrying out a mop-up operation to nonfiscate illegal firearms from the public.

Officials say some of the guns were surrendered to them.

The government has also extended a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the area for another 30 days. The country has already been under curfew for two months.

Ethnic violence in the northern county has already claimed many lives, and a recent escalation in clashes has been blamed on political incitement as campaigning for the August general election gathers momentum.

The region has also been experiencing a severe drought in recent months.

The drought has put a strain on shared resources such as water and pastures and out families at the risk of starvation.

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