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Lamu drug dealer shot dead during raid, others arrested

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Drug addicts give Lamu East locals sleepless nights

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No compensation, wait for return-home formula, Lamu terror IDPs told

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Lamu police arrest two drug peddlers, recover 22 sachets of heroin

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6 notorious drug peddlers nabbed by Lamu cops at drugs den in crackdown

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Six suspected drug peddlers arrested in Lamu, cocaine and bhang recovered

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Protect Ijara herders in Lamu, state told

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Boni Forest operation extended in Lamu, Tana River and Garissa
The government’s military operation in Boni Forest meant to flash out suspected Al- Shabaab militants is set to be extended for an unspecified period in Lamu, Garissa and Tana River counties. Director of the Boni Enclave campaign Joseph Kanyiri says plans are in place to integrate civil rights groups, Non Governmental Organizations, government institutions, county governments, political leaders and local residents to aid in infiltrating the Rag Tag Al- Shabaab militia   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Tana River |  Lamu |  Garissa |  Boni Forest | 
Kenya awards firms licence to drill for natural gas
Zarara Oil & Gas Ltd will start drilling two wells of natural gas after Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority (Nema) approved environmental licences for well sinking on Pate Island off the coast in Lamu. This is in line with the government’s plan to expedite commercial gas production for power generation. The company has been set strict deadlines by the Ministry of Energy to start drilling Pate 2 by the end of the year and later Pate 3 as the government wants to reduce the country’s dependence on expensive hydro and thermal power   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  Pate | 
New low-cost airline debuts on Kisumu Diani routes from Wilson Airport
A new low-cost airline flying local routes has been unveiled, making air transport in the country exciting and more competitive. The new entrant into the air travel market, Silverstone Air, launched its inaugural routes yesterday and will be flying from Wilson Airport, operating two flights everyday to Kisumu, Ukunda and Diani. The Kenyan fully-owned airline said they plan to introduce additional routes to Malindi, Lamu, Marsabit, Garissa, Homabay and Moyale in the coming months   Read More ...
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Tags: Travel & Tourism |  Airlines |  Air Travel |  Airports | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  Garissa |  Marsabit |  Kisumu |  Homa Bay |  Central Kisumu |  Diani |  Diani Location | 
Lamu cops evade IED, exchange fire with suspected al Shabaab
than 10 police officers exchanged fire with suspected al Shabaab militants after nearly hitting an IED at Mambore-Mkokoni area on Tuesday. The militant's shot at the officers as the vehicle went by. Lamu commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said the terrorists were hiding in bushes. He said the exchange lasted about 20 minutes before police overpowered the terrorists who then fled into nearby bushes   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  Mkokoni |  Mambore | 
Lamu residents praised for obeying ban on plastic bags
Lamu county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo has lauded residents for adhering to the plastic ban. He yesterday said the ban, effected on August 28, has been adhered to 100 per cent. Kitiyo said no one has been arrested for using plastic bags. He said the ban has led to less pollution of the Indian Ocean. Kitiyo also lauded the recently conducted Taka Taka exhibition that showcased over 10,000 tonnes of plastic waste collected from the Indian Ocean at the Lamu Fort   Read More ...
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Lamu drug dealer shot dead during raid, others arrested
A suspected drug dealer was on Saturday shot dead by police in Lamu East. Mohamed Hassan, 27, had been on police radar as a notorious drug dealer in the area. He was shot dead after he attacked and injured a police officer on the right hand with a machete. The officers had raided the suspect's drug den after a tip-off from members of the public   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  East Lamu | 
Lamu residents appeal for water and food as drought persists, children out of school
Residents in drought-hit villages in Lamu county are appealing to the national and county governments for food and water.Pandanguo, Moa, Dide Waride, Kiangwe, Bar’goni, Bahamisi and most parts of Lamu East are hard-hit.In Kiangwe, only one well is left, the rest dried up a month ago. Villagers and their neighbours scramble for water. Many people have discoloured and corroded teeth because of the high acidity in the water   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Lamu |  East Lamu |  Pandanguo |  Didewaride |  Moa | 
Drug addicts give Lamu East locals sleepless nights
Drug addicts in Lamu East are giving villagers sleepless nights as they turn to robbing homes, schools and mosques. Residents on Wednesday said the addictsâ insatiable habit drives them to get cash at any cost to buy more drugs. Many residents have reported waking up to find their doors and windows missing â removed and sold by the addicts. This comes as Lamu county administration launches a massive crackdown on drug dealers, users and drug dens   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Lamu |  East Lamu | 
No compensation, wait for return-home formula, Lamu terror IDPs told
The government will not compensate Lamu residents internally displaced by terrorism but is working on a 'return-home formula'. County commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said this on Wednesday following calls for compensation for people who fled al Shabaab attacks in Jima, Poromoko, Pandanguo, Maleli and Nyongoro villages months ago. More than 2,500 residents, mostly farmers, are also living as IDPs at the Kastaka Kairu and Witu AIC church camps in Lamu West   Read More ...
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Tags: Wars |  Terrorism |  Terror | 
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Lamu police arrest two drug peddlers, recover 22 sachets of heroin
Police in Lamu arrested two drug peddlers bringing the number of suspects arrested in an ongoing crackdown to ten. Lamu county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said the two are the major suppliers of heroin in Siyu and Kizingitini villages. Hussein Ali Kame alias âMajorâ and Omar Shahib were nabbed following a tip off by members of the public. They were found 22 sachets of heroin and several objects used for smoking and sniffing drugs   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  Siyu | 
6 notorious drug peddlers nabbed by Lamu cops at drugs den in crackdown
Police in Lamu have arrested six notorious drug peddlers in a crackdown that was launched this week. The six are Mohamed Twahir Alii, Hisham Abdallah, Imran Islam, Feiswal Mohamed, Ali Hassan and Said Abdallah. They were arrested by police who raided their houses on Thursday evening. Confirming the arrests on Friday, Lamu county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said National Police Service officers, led by the Lamu West OCS Pius Mbithi, Inspector Josphat Mutinda and 13 other officers, conducted a raid in a suspected drug den and arrested the six who were found in possession of several packages of cocaine, bhang and several apparatus used to smoke and sniff drugs   Read More ...
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We’re fighting Shabaab not locals – police
Police in Lamu have denied harassing locals as they crackdown on al Shabaab militants. Operation Linda Boni director Joseph Kanyiri and Lamu county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo denied the allegations. They said police raided villages because they had been tipped off about illegal firearms. Residents of Koreni village in Lamu West had earlier in week said they are more afraid of the police than the militants   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  West Lamu | 
Six suspected drug peddlers arrested in Lamu, cocaine and bhang recovered
Police have arrested six notorious drug peddlers in Lamu county. Mohamed Alii, Hisham Abdallah, Imran Islam, Feiswal Islam, Ali Hassan and Said Mohamed were nabbed after police raided their houses on Thursday. Speaking to the press, County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said they are among drug traffickers who have been on police radar. Kitiyo said they were found in possession of several packages of cocaine, bhang and several apparatus used in smoking and sniffing drugs   Read More ...
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Lamu holds Takataka Exhibition, displays collected plastic waste and recycled items
Lamu county on Monday launched aplastics waste exhibition at the Lamu Fort, a month after the plastic carrier bags ban took effect on August 28. The exhibition called Takataka is intended to showcase the amount of plastic waste collected by volunteers from beaches across Lamu, and items made from the recycled plastic. The event was led by Governor Fahim Twaha and other county leaders   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Lamu |  Lamu Fort | 
Coast residents told to brace for heavy rains
The coastal region will experience heavy rains for the next four days, the weatherman has said. The Kenya Meteorological Department, in its latest seven-day forecast covering the period between September 19 and 25, says the coastal strip will receive heavy rainfall of between 20mm and 50mm from Wednesday through Thursday. The rains are expected to subside from Friday. WEATHER PATTERNS. The coastal strip covers Mombasa, Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu and Kwale counties   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Coast |  Mombasa |  Kilifi |  Tana River |  Lamu | 
Lamu Governor's bodyguards escape death after car rolls
Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha's bodyguards narrowly escaped death on Sunday after their vehicle rolled several times at Mkunumbi area on the Lamu-Garsen highway.The driver and a civilian also survived the 11am incident that involved the Governor's official vehicle.Twaha was not with them at the time of the accident.It happened when the driver applied emergency brakes to avoid a herd of cattle that emerged on the road   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Lamu |  Mkunumbi | 
Shabaab militants are behind Lamu beheadings - Matiang’i
The ruthless attacks in Lamu are not triggered by the fight to control resources, acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has said. Terrorism perpetrated by Islamic militia group al Shaabab is the root source, he added. Matiang’i yesterday said claims the local communities are planning and unleashing strikes because of resources is a diversionary tactic by terrorists. Police believe attackers have been retreating to Boni Forest after launching assaults   Read More ...
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Tags: Wars |  Militants | 
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Lamu attacks not triggered by fights for resources - Matiang'i
The sporadic and ruthless attacks in Lamu are not triggered by fights for resource control, acting Interior CS Fred Matiang'i has said. Matiang'i said terrorism perpetrated by Islamic militia group al Shaabab is the root cause. The CS said claims that locals are clawing and unleashing strikes because of resources are part of diversionary tactics by the terrorists. Police believe attackers have been retreating back to Boni Forest after launching assaults   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Lamu | 
Subdivide Boni Forest to keep al Shabaab at bay, Lamu residents tell state
Lamu residents want the Boni forest subdivided to keep away al Shabaab. Elders from the community on Wednesday said the the militants have turned the neglected forest into a hideout. Spokesperson Doza Dizo said they want the government to demarcate and subdivide1,339 km² of the forest to every member of the Boni community. "We are a very small community and thatâs why they call us a minority   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  Boni Forest | 
Get serious about al Shabaab, Twaha tells state as four buried in Lamu
KDF soldiers and police guarded the Tuesday evening burials of the four men beheaded by suspected al Shabaab militants in Lamu West. The victims were Bobo Primary School teacher Joseph Kimani, Gerald Wagunyi, Samuel Ngushu and Hillary Kiara. They were killed when more than 30 heavily armed suspected al Shabaab fighters raided Silini and Bobo villages on the night of September 6   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  West Lamu | 
Protect Ijara herders in Lamu, state told
A section of leaders from Ijara have urged the government to use diplomacy in engaging Garissa herders grazing in Boni Forest and other parts of Lamu. They said forced eviction and harassment will not solve the insecurity crisis in Lamu. The leaders included MCAs Irshad Holowle (Ijara), Adow Omar (Holugho) and Abdullahi Mohamed (Sangailu). They spoke yesterday to the press in Garissa town, where they took issue with the statements by “a Lamu politician, who told pastoralists to vacate”   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Lamu |  Ijara |  Garissa | 
Senior police officer killed in another deadly Lamu attack
A senior AP officer has died after a vehicle he was traveling in ran over an IED. - Six other officers were also injured in the Sunday, September 10, evening incident. - The incident came barely hours before Al Shabaab militant launched an attack in Bulla Hawo. A Senior Administration Police officer has lost his life after a vehicle he was traveling in ran over a homemade bomb in Mararani area, Lamu   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  Mararani | 
Man drowns after car plunges into river in Lamu
A middle-aged man on Thursday drowned after his vehicle plunged into a river in Milihoi on the Lamu-Mpeketoni route. Police have identified the man as Martin Asman. He is said to have been speeding when he lost control of the vehicle, which plunged into the river. Police said the road is slippery due to the rains. The man had left Lamu and was heading to Mpeketoni   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  Mpeketoni |  Mpeketoni | 
I watched helplessly as al Shabaab killed my husband - Lamu widow
A Lamu widow witnessed the gruesome murder of her husband by suspected Shabaab militants on Wednesday morning. Ruth Irungu yesterday said she hid in the roof of her house. Her husband, Jerald Wagunyi, 50, was one of the four men beheaded in Lamu on the Wednesday dawn attack. She said about 30 heavily armed men raided their home at around 1   Read More ...
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Lamu residents flee homes after al Shabaab behead four
Lamu West residents have fled Silini and Bobo villages in Hindi division following the beheading of four men by al Shabaab. The lot has left in fear of being attacked and killed by the terror group sprawling the area. One of the men was killed as he cut wood at a forest in Silini on Tuesday evening while the three others were murdered in their homes at Bobo   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  Hindi | 
Cops only come to collect bodies, Lamu residents say after al Shabaab massacres
Residents of Lamu villages where suspected al Shabaab militants beheaded four people have accused police of having information but 'sitting pretty'. They said officers had been informed of strangers in the area but that they responded casually. "We informed them of the presence of suspicious persons who had been spotted by villagers but they told us not to worry as nothing would happen, a mistake that resulted in the deaths   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu | 
Lamu widow narrates how suspected al Shabaab killed her husband
A widow in Lamu has narrated the harrowing experience in which her husband was massacred by suspected al Shabaab fighters at Bobo Village in Hindi, Lamu West. Ruth Irungu, the widow of Jerald Wagunyi, said a heavily armed gang of about 30 people struck at 1.30 am on Wednesday. She said the militants were only interested in her husband. "They wore military regalia and had AK-47 rifles and machetes   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  Hindi |  Hindi | 
Suspected militants behead four people in Lamu
SUMMARY Lamu residents have taken to the streets to protest the beheadings of four people by suspected militants. The County Commissioner has stated that investigations are still ongoing regarding who was involved. Militants suspected to be Al Shabaab have beheaded four people in Hindi, Lamu. The attacks took place in two villages, Bobo and Silini-Mashambani. According to reports, one attack took place at 6:30 p   Read More ...
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Tags: Wars |  Militants | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  Hindi |  Hindi | 
Review security status in Lamu MP urges Govt
Lamu West Member of Parliament Stanley Muthama has condemned the constant terror attacks engineered by Alshabaab after four more people were hacked to death in the area. The legislator called for calm while urging the national government to review the ongoing security operations and increase surveillance this as residents held protests urging the government to find a permanent solution to insecurity   Read More ...
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Suspected al Shabaab behead four in latest dawn raid in Lamu
Suspected al Shabaab militants have beheaded four men in Silini-Mashambani and Bobo villages of Lamu West. One man was killed at 6.30pm on Tuesday after a group of more than 30 heavily armed people descended on Silini village. The victim was cutting timber in a forest just several meters away from the village. His companion fled and informed other villagers who ran for their lives   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  West Lamu | 
4 people shot dead, beheaded in Lamu County
Coast Regional Police Chief Larry Kieng says the four were shot and then decapitated by the armed militants who raided the village. Kieng says police have launched investigations and deployed more security officers to the area that has been under attack in recent months by Al Shabaab militants hiding in Boni forest. In July, 10 people were beheaded in the nearby villages of Pandaguo and Jima by suspected Al Shabaab   Read More ...
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Tags: Social Issues |  Violence |  Gun Violence | 
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Four people killed by suspected Al-Shabaab militia in Hindi, Lamu County
Four people have been killed by suspected Al-Shabaab militia in Hindi, Lamu County. This prompted protests from locals over the slow response by security agents. The occurrence follows a similar incident in the area where three people were killed after Al Shabaab militants attacked a passenger bus and a car at Nyongoro area in Witu, Lamu County. The attack happened on the Lamu-Garsen highway, police said   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  West Lamu |  Hindi |  Hindi Magongoni |  Hindi |  Witu |  Witu |  Witu Town | 
Protests as four people beheaded in Lamu
Four people have been beheaded in two villages in Hindi, Lamu West by suspected Al-Shabaab militants. The attacks occurred in Silini-Mashambani and Bobo villages. A senior administrator in the area who talked to the on Wednesday morning and requested not to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media said a man was beheaded by a group of armed men at Silini-Mashambani village at 6   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Lamu |  Hindi |  Hindi | 
Lamu IDPs cautioned against secretly going back to villages
Lamu County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo has cautioned people living in various IDP camps in the county to resist the urge to secretly go back to their homes. According to Mr Gilbert Kitiyo, the four men who were recently beheaded by suspected Al-Shabaab militants at Maleli in Lamu West had left the camp without permission from security forces and gone to guard their farms when they met their fate   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  West Lamu | 
Don’t arrest people over plastics ban, Lamu police told
Police in Lamu county have been asked not to arrest anyone in line with the ongoing nationwide plastic ban. County commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo has asked police not to harass anyone who will be found not adhering to the ban. They were told to instead seek practical and friendly means. Speaking in his office on Friday, Kitiyo said his office will focus more on demonstrating and teaching residents on the negativity of using plastic bags to enable for a more amicable approach to the acceptance and adherence to the ban, instead of reproach and arrests   Read More ...
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Night travel ban on Garsen-Lamu Highway still in force
The night travel ban along the Lamu-Garsen highway is still in force. The curfew was introduced on July 19, 2014, following frequent attacks by al Shabaab militants. Linda Boni operation Director Joseph Kanyiri on Friday said they were aware that some passenger and transport vehicles were traveling at night without police escort. “It is important that motorists adhere to convey rules and respect the ongoing night travel ban   Read More ...
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Three killed as car runs over IED in Lamu
Three people died after their vehicle ran over an IED planted by suspected al Shabaab militants in Nyongoro, Lamu county, on Wednesday evening. The Probox was coming from Garsen. An undetermined number of survivors are being treated at the Witu Hospital. Lamu county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said he can only confirm that two people died on the spot. He said there was a high possibility a third body could have been found later   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  Witu |  Witu |  Witu Town | 
Lamu schools deserted as forces fight Shabaab in Boni
Learning has been paralysed in all areas of Lamu County where the multi-agency security operation dubbed Linda Boni is ongoing. A spot check by this week established that a total of eight primary schools in the operation areas in Lamu remain closed even as the third term commenced. The schools include Basuba, Milimani, Mangai, Mararani and Kiangwe in Lamu East Sub-County and Pandanguo, Maleli and Kakathe, all in Lamu West Sub-County   Read More ...
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Tags: Schools | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  East Lamu |  Basuba |  Mangai |  Mararani |  Milimani | 
Leave Kipini, Lamu commissioner tells herders
Herders, who were kicked out of Lamu on suspicion of having links to al Shabaab terrorists, have been asked to leave Kipini. Speaking in his office yesterday, Lamu county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo told them to return to their homes. He said they would be forced out by security officials if they don’t obey the order. The herders are mainly from Tana River, Garissa and Wajir counties   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Tana |  Lamu |  Garissa |  Garsen |  Kipini |  Tana Delta |  East Kipini |  Kipini | 
Two killed in twin Shabaab attacks in Lamu
Two people died while an unspecified number were injured in a twin attack by suspected Al-Shabaab militants near Gamba Police Station at the border of Lamu and Tana River counties Wednesday evening. Lamu County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said a a Toyota Probox vehicle registration number KCD 542F, which was ferrying unknown number of occupants from Garsen to Lamu, was sprayed with bullets by heavily armed gunmen suspected to be Al-Shabaab militants at 7pm Wednesday   Read More ...
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