Chimpreports analysts say the latest development is a scandal to the Kenyan government for flatly falling short of providing adequate security in a region grappling with rising ethnic tensions.
“As of Monday 10th September 2012 at 12:42pm, 33 deaths have been confirmed. One more policeman lost his life,” KRC said in a statement.
The casualties (3 children, 2 women, 1 policeman and 2 men) have been taken by KRC to Witu Health Centre, most of them nursing spear and panga injuries.
Those killed were 12 males, 5 women, 8 children and 8 policemen, according to humanitarian organization.
“At least 167 houses have been confirmed torched in a raid carried out on the village by more than 300 people,” said KRC.
The police in collaboration with KRC personnel have rescued at least 3 people but the situation remains still tense.
The fresh attacks were carried out this morning at 3am.
Just three days ago, Kenyan gunmen killed at least 12 people in a revenge attack following a massacre last month in which 52 people were killed in the remote southeastern Tana region, Red Cross officials said Friday.
“Eight men, two women and a child died in the attacks,” Kenya Red Cross spokesperson Nelly Muluka said, adding that one person later died “from gunshot injuries on his way to hospital”.
“There is a lot of tension in the area following the attack by the gunmen,” she added. “These are revenge attacks.”
Following the killings last month, AP reported, — in which at least 52 mainly women and children were hacked or burnt to death in the worst ethnic massacre for several years — police brokered meetings between the two rival communities.
However, tensions have remained high, and one person was killed in the area last week.
Despite police promising to boost security in the area, local leaders say security forces are failing to prevent the violence.
“They always have information about impending attacks and do nothing,” said local member of parliament Danson Mungatana. “If the killings had occurred in Nairobi, then the response from the government would have been different.”
The two communities — the Pokomo and the Orma — have clashed before over the use of land and water resources.
The Pokomo are a largely settled farming people, planting crops along the Tana River, while the Orma are mainly cattle-herding pastoralists.
The attack happened in the Reketa area of Tarassa in Kenya’s southeast, close to the coast and some 300 kilometres (185 miles) from the capital Nairobi.