Suspected Al-Shabaab militants kill 9 people in Lamu County

By Collins Anampiu

At least nine people have been killed by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Pandanguo and Jima area of Lamu County in the early hours Saturday morning.

Reports from the area local chief indicate that the nine were brutally beheaded by Al Shabaab.

The suspects are said to have trespassed into the country through the porous Kenya-Somalia border.

This comes after Al-Shabaab militants engaged police in heavy gunfire on Wednesday, in an attempted attack on a police post in the Coastal County.

This is the second time the two villages in Lamu  have been attacked by the terrorist group  with the last incident reported in January last year where three people were shot dead after  five gunmen came to the villages, searching for men.

They interrogated them and killed some of them.The villages sit about 40km inland from the Indian Ocean town of Lamu, which is popular with Western tourists, and is 100km from the border with Somalia.

In 2014, at least 60 people were killed in the area in a spate of attacks that targeted non-Muslim men. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for those attacks.

Elsewhere, Elsewhere, Nakuru County Security committee has denied reports of tension among people of some ethnic community fleeing the county due to insecurity as the country gears towards the 8th general elections.

The committee insists that the multi-agency security surveillance in the area is beyond reproach and it will ensure that all citizens eligible to vote, exercise their democratic right without duress.

Speaking in Nakuru, Nakuru County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha said the County`s 11 sub county security committees have already embarked on a joint exercise of mapping out possible hot spots in a bid to curtail lawlessness during and after elections.

His sentiments come in the wake of a warning from the Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambo to area residents against peddling of rumors about “planned eviction” of some communities in the region.

Government sponsored peace building caravans in the 14 counties of Rift Valley began in earnest last May with a view of diffusing tension in areas perceived to be inclined to violence.


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