20 killed in Lamu fresh attacks

By Judith Akolo

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At least 20 people were reportedly killed in two separate attacks in Gamba and Hindi areas in Lamu. The fresh attack comes just weeks after the killings in Mpeketoni that claimed the lives of over 60 people.

The attack saw five inmates at the Gamba police station freed, a police officer killed and several houses torched as the gang attacked villages.

Reports say that heavily armed attackers invaded Gamba police station, in Garsen, Tana River county, killing nine people on the spot including a police officer on duty and inmates who were locked up in the cells before freeing suspected militia who were being held in the Cell.

The attackers are said to have released a suspected ringleader of the recent Mpeketoni attacks who was being held at the police station.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that Somalia’s Al-Shabaab group had claimed responsibility for the attack.

The police officer was killed as he guarded the police cell.

The attack comes even as Deputy President William Ruto is expected in Lamu county’s Mpeketoni to attend an interfaith prayer meeting.