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Kuki Gallmann: Kenya Attack Wounds Novelist

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Renowned conservationist Kuki Gallmann speak sat the launch of the World Migratory Bird Day, April 9, 2006, at Laikipia where a gathering of artists staged a show on the need to conserve migratory bird species. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 24 Apr 2017 08:59 AM

Author Kuki Gallmann was on her ranch in Kenya on Saturday when she was attacked and wounded by suspected invaders.

Gallmann, 73, whose book "I Dreamed of Africa" was turned into movie released in 2000, was shot by the invaders while a lodge on her estate was being plundered, The Guardian reported. A bullet went through the door of her vehicle, striking Gallmann in the hip.

Gallmann was flown to a hospital in Nairobi while rangers from the Kenya Wildlife Service fought the attackers at her ranch, noted the newspaper. The novelist and conservationist was in stable but critical condition after surgery Sunday, per The Guardian.

New York Times' reporter Jeffrey Gettleman wrote that the Gallmann sent him a series of text messages about heavily armed pastoralists invading her ranch in northern Kenya, coming closer to her home, before she was shot.

"Pokot militia openly carrying firearms," she wrote in one message, according to Gettleman. The Pokot are an ethnic group in northern Kenya, noted the newspaper. "Not just herders. Group of armed men without livestock. 13 firearm(s) spotted."

Gettleman wrote that Gallmann sent him another text message a few days later, saying "Two arsons by herders and shooting reported."

Gettleman wrote that more than a dozen people have been killed in the area of the ranch while property damage has run in the millions.

"Gangs of young herders have been stirred by local politicians to invade other people's land," Gettleman wrote for the Times. "Several politicians have recently been arrested. But given that official corruption is a crippling problem in Kenya, most analysts do not hold out much hope that any of the ringleaders will be seriously punished."

Last month, a luxury safari lodge owned by Gallmann was burned down by suspected cattle herders, reported the BBC News. The broadcaster said the attack may have been in retaliation for a police operation in the area.

Before that incident, authorities reported that 100 cattle in the surrounding Laikipia Nature Conservancy owned by Gallmann were shot and killed, according to the BBC News.

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