Africa

Suspects held after author, conservationist shot in Kenya

  • Gallmann is known for her bestselling book "I Dreamed of Africa."

    Gallmann is known for her bestselling book "I Dreamed of Africa."  (The Associated Press)

  • British High Commissioner Nic Hailey, left addresses the media, with Laikipia County commissioner Onesmus Musyoki, right, in Nanyuki, Kenya, Monday, April 24, 2017, after the envoy met the security team, a day after renowned international conservationist Kuki Gallman was shot and injured at her ranch on Sunday morning. Two suspects were killed after the shooting of author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann in tensions with herders seeking pasture amid the country’s drought, Kenya’s Internal Security Minister Joseph Nkaissery said Monday. (AP Photo/Eliud Waithaka)

    British High Commissioner Nic Hailey, left addresses the media, with Laikipia County commissioner Onesmus Musyoki, right, in Nanyuki, Kenya, Monday, April 24, 2017, after the envoy met the security team, a day after renowned international conservationist Kuki Gallman was shot and injured at her ranch on Sunday morning. Two suspects were killed after the shooting of author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann in tensions with herders seeking pasture amid the country’s drought, Kenya’s Internal Security Minister Joseph Nkaissery said Monday. (AP Photo/Eliud Waithaka)  (The Associated Press)

Kenyan authorities say some suspects have been arrested in the shooting of author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann after tensions with herders seeking pasture amid the country's drought.

Interior security cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery said Monday a gun has been recovered and is being examined to see if it was used to shoot Gallmann in the stomach.

The Italian-born Gallmann was shot Sunday while patrolling her ranch, which recently was targeted by arsonists. She is reported to be in stable condition.

The local farmers' association says suspicion has fallen on herders who have invaded Gallmann's ranch several times.

Nkaissery blames the shooting on "isolated banditry activity."

Kenya's drought affects roughly half the country. More than 30 people have died in conflicts over grazing land as herders try to save their animals.