(Daily Nation) — Ethiopian soldiers reportedly killed a Kenyan Saturday at Sessi in the border sub-county of Moyale.
The soldiers killed a watchman at a local church as they pursued suspected Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebels who is said to have crossed into Ethiopia and killed a soldier.
According to the locals, the soldiers engaged the rebels in a gun battle at Sessi area at around 1am before storming Moyale Full Gospel church where they killed the watchman.
This happened despite continued denial by the government that the foreign military has been making incursions into the country.
The man was guarding a primary school belonging to the church which is located about two kilometers from Moyale police station.
The cleric in-charge Joel Muguika said police rushed to the scene where they found out that the watchman had been murdered.
The soldiers then went to the nearby Moyale sub-district hospital in search of any injured OLF militias who could have sustained injuries and seeking treatment at the hospital.
The hospital medical superintendent Dr Kamau Mukui said the soldiers stormed the hospital but did not find any rebel.
The incident scared away patients and staff at the hospital who at once started leaving the facility bringing operations to a halt.
The soldiers were allegedly pursuing OLF militias who had earlier in the night crossed into their country and killed a soldier before moving back to Kenya.
This comes in the wake of increased attacks by Ethiopian soldiers who have invaded the border town of Moyale and Sololo four times between March and May.
Over the period, two rifles together with ammunitions belonging to the government have been lost to the foreign soldiers after disarming Kenya police reservists (KPR).
Moyale deputy county commissioner Mr John Cheruiyot said an investigation into the incident is on course.
He said both governments will be holding discussions over the attacks for continued peace and friendship by the neighbours.
The deputy county commissioner said security was okay in the area hence no cause for alarm.