Civilian killed as Al-Shabaab terrorists ambush buses in Lamu

Written By: Claire Wanja

One civilian was Saturday morning shot dead and some police officers injured as a gang of suspected Al Shabaab terrorists ambushed a convoy of buses that was travelling from Lamu en route to Malindi and Mombasa.

In a statement, Interior Ministry Spokesperson Mwenda Njoka said the incident took place at around 11am and two police vehicles were damaged during the exchange of fire.

“It is still not clear how many attackers were killed or injured during the incident which occurred in Nyongoro area between Gamba and Lango la Simba.” He said.

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Immediately the attack happened, a contingent of security officers comprising of airborne and ground troops was dispatched from Boni Operation Centre.

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“Swift action by the security team ensured that the buses drove past the ambush area safely and without further casualties. By this afternoon, the operation to sanitize the area was still going on.” He added.

Meanwhile, Leaders from the cattle rustling ravaged Kerio-Valley now want security apparatus to use force and apprehend known criminals in a bid to stamp out the incessant raids and retaliatory attacks.

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At least 10 members of parliament, Governors and senators from the Kerio Valley have moved in to quell escalating insecurity in the region that has seen six people killed, several injured and a large number of livestock stolen in the past one week.

The leaders from three counties including Governor Alex Tolgos [Elgeyo-Marakwet] Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, MPs David Pkosing [Pokot South], Peter Lochakapong [Sigor], William Kamket [Tiaty], Kangogo Bowen [Marakwet East] among others held security meetings aimed at stamping out the incessant raids and retaliatory attacks.

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Speaking at Kamelei in Pokot South, Baringo Women representative Gladwel Cheruiyot , Lilian Tomi Tomi of West Pokot and Jane Kiptoo of Elgeyo Marakwet  urged police to act more firmly on the criminal elements.

They said illegal gun owners had rendered the law enforces helpless in combating crime because they had become untouchable.

Other MPs present included William Kisang, [Marakwet West] Samuel Moroto [Kapenguria], Peter Lochakapong( Sigor) and Bowen Kangugo of Marakwet East.

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