A driver of a four-wheel-drive car was shot and injured as he sped off from police who were enforcing a curfew in the troubled Merti area in Isiolo County.
Police said the incident happened Tuesday evening during curfew time.
The curfew runs from 6 pm to 6 am and is followed by a security operation.
The driver was found carrying 15 people, who included five Tanzanians.
They were driving from the Kom-Durte mining area when police stopped the vehicle.
Eastern police boss Rono Bunei said the driver defied the orders prompting a brief chase and shooting that left the car’s tyres deflated.
The incident came a day after the government ordered an immediate ban on unlicensed mining activities in the Kom region of Merti sub-county.
A security operation is ongoing in the area to flush out criminals hiding in the mines.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the operation will initially last for 30 days with the option of an extension will run in tandem with a disarmament exercise targeting illegal guns and ammunition.
Special forces from different police units are among troops deployed to conduct a month-long operation for illegal guns and ammo.
Further, they are liaising with their Ethiopian counterparts across the border to tame any crossings by the goons who may be fleeing.