Destruction as armed attackers raid Lamu

By Carol Kamau/KNA

The incident comes barely two days after gunmen killed 22 people in Lamu and Tana River counties FILE PHOTO BY BBC

Armed attackers Monday raided Lamu Conservation Trust in Lamu County burning offices, stores and a vehicle.

The 10 pm incident took place at Milihoi camp, located between Mpeketoni and Hindi areas.

No one was injured in the incident. Two Kenya Police Reservists guarding the offices and workers hid in the forest during the attack as they were outnumbered.

The incident comes barely two days after gunmen killed 22 people in Lamu and Tana River counties.

Hundreds of families have since fled their farms on the outskirts of Hindi trading centre.

The assurance from government of resident’s safety   seemingly not enough for residents to stay put in an area many have called home for years.

Deputy President William Ruto, who toured Hindi area after the attack, ordered Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo to ensure the attackers are arrested.

So far no one has been arrested. The issue of insecurity in the country continues haunt the Jubilee government with rising concern on how to contain insecurity in the country.

Last week 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 said 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.

The Deputy President who visited Gamba in Lamu on learning of the attacks directed Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, County commanders, County commissioner and all security agents to deal with the gang conclusively in order to end the brutal attacks on innocent people.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Grace Kaindi also appealed to the public with information on the attackers to volunteer it to the police so as to bring the attackers to book.