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Investigations of a helicopter alleged to be supplying ammunition to bandits in Baringo has launched

Locals in Baringo County have reported a mystery helicopter allegedly delivering ammo to criminals in the area, prompting an investigation. Residents were reassured by Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mohammed Maalim that the subject was being investigated, and he urged them to be calm while the investigators got to the bottom of the problem. Maalim said the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has a manifest of all aircraft departing any airport at any given time, and the specifics of the helicopter would be investigated to ascertain the claims, while on a familiarization tour of the area in Kajiado town on Thursday.

“We are examining reports from people that a white helicopter was observed flying in bandit-infested areas; so yet, we have no confirmation,” he added. “However, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority has the manifest of all aircraft departing the airports, so we will know for sure.” Residents stated that a white helicopter was sighted hovering over areas most afflicted by banditry assaults during a peace meeting conducted on March 9 in Mochongoi, Baringo South. The helicopter is claimed to have landed near the Korkon Hills, where armed bandits are known to graze their sheep, sparking concerns that powerful individuals were supplying the bandits with weaponry.
Locals urged that the government make the helicopter’s registration information, owners, and mission in the area public, claiming that every time it is sighted, attacks occur within a day or two. The helicopter was first sighted in January, a few weeks after illegal herders believed to have arrived from adjacent Laikipia County. The Korkoron Hills has long been a haven for feared armed bandits who have terrorized locals. The bandits are said to have arrived in the area in December 2021 with thousands of sheep in search of water and pasture, but instead staged attacks and raids on villages, killing people and displacing people.
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