Kenya: 6 People Killed in Lamu Al Shabaab Attack, Houses Torched

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3 January 2022

Nairobi — At least 6 people have been killed and houses torched in an attack blamed on Al Shabaab terrorists in Widhu Majembeni area of Lamu, police say.

Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia says the attack occurred on Monday morning but did not provide further details but a police officer in the region says one of the victims was shot dead, another hacked while the four others were burnt in their houses.

The area has gone for several months without an attack after recording several such attacks last year.

"We had a very bad attack this morning where one person was shot dead, another hacked and others burnt," the officer told Capital FM News.

Macharia said security personnel had been mobilised to track down the attackers.

Al-Shabaab fighters have staged several large-scale attacks inside Kenya in retaliation for Nairobi sending troops into Somalia in 2011 as part of an African Union force to degrade the jihadists.

The Al-Qaeda-linked group is seeking to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu, and controls swathes of southern Somalia from where it regularly launches attacks in the capital and elsewhere.

The Lamu region, which includes popular tourist beach destination Lamu Island, lies close to the Somali frontier and has suffered frequent attacks, often carried out with roadside bombs.

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