Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Kenya: Lion attack leaves nine injured

By Victor Obure

Nine people, including four brothers, suffered serious injuries when a pride of lions attacked a home in Wajir District.

Three brothers were taken to the Garissa Provincial General Hospital in critical condition after sustaining bites and scratches during a four-hour fight with the beasts, which had invaded a family kraal at Biyamadhow village.

Six other victims were taken to Wajir District Hospital. Doctors said one of the patients would be referred to Nairobi for specialised treatment.

Villagers said the brothers were attacked as they attempted to ward off the lions, which killed two camels.

A resident, Mr Kahie Muktar, who mobilised a rescue team, accused the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) of failure to contain the lion menace.

Muktar said KWS officers had failed to act even after residents complained of loss of livestock to marauding lions.

He said herdsmen had abandoned grazing grounds for the lions, but the beasts pursued and attacked them and their livestock at alternative sites.

Angry residents have given KWS a week relocate the lions, failure to which they would poison them.

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