September 22nd 2017

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Another Al Shabaab ambush in Lamu leaves 9 dead as the toll reaches 12 in a week

President Uhuru today morning mentioned the attack during his televised address to the nation following the death of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery but he did not elaborate.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 08 Jul 2017 13:25 EAT

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At least nine people were killed in Lamu County this morning, in an attack blamed on Al Shabaab terrorists. Police sources said the attack occurred at Jima and Pandaguo villages near the border with Somalia which has been prone to attacks in recent weeks, mainly targeting security forces.

“Nine people were killed, some were shot dead and others hacked,” a police source confirmed.

Officials said the militants raided the Jima village in Lamu West on Friday at 11pm. The attackers herded some villagers together and slaughtered them using knives, police confirmed. Police officers also said the number of deaths is likely to increase to more than 10 since some people are unaccounted for following the attack. The attack comes barely three days after three police officers were killed during an attack at a police post in Lamu.

President Uhuru today morning mentioned the attack during his televised address to the nation following the death of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery but he did not elaborate.

“We have had an unfortunate incident this morning which we are assessing,” he said, “There shall be no vacuum in securing our country.”

Linda Boni Operation Director James Ole Seriani confirmed the attack and said police have been deployed to pursue the attackers.

Kaingu Kadzomba, a resident, was quoted by a local daily saying the militants were targeting men only.

The attack comes a day after residents of the village woke up to mysterious footprints suspected to belong to Al-Shabaab militants who have been wreaking havoc in various parts of the county for the past one month. Jima is about two kilometres from Pandanguo where the militants attacked a police station earlier this week.

Residents said they believe the militants could be planning attacks in other parts of the county including their village and the other surrounding areas.

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