A police officer was killed on Monday by a gang that attacked a rescue team that had busted a female genital mutilation rite in Embobut Forest, Elgeyo Marakwet County.
The gang, suspected to be bandits, was protecting the circumcisers who were carrying out the banned rite in the forest.
Six girls who had already been circumcised were rescued and are recovering at Iten County Referral Hospital, County Police Commander Peter Mulinge told Nation.
The incident comes just a day after a Catholic priest was attacked on Saturday after he tried to stop an FGM rite in Kamoi village, where 15 girls underwent the cut.
According to the police boss, there was a confrontation between the guards of the circumcisers and the police rescue team that had been sent to the Embobut Forest to rescue dozens of girls who had allegedly been rounded up to undergo the banned rite.
Nation.Africa has established that female circumcision is taking place behind closed doors this festive season and under tight security by bandits ready to confront the police.
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