Five people killed, houses torched in suspected terrorist attack in Lamu
Police officers are investigating an incident in which suspected armed terrorists attacked a village in Lamu, killing five and burning houses.
According to a police report seen by NTV, officers at the Kibaoni police station received a report from a village elder that their area was under attack by armed gunmen and that some houses have been set ablaze.
Police officers responded and it was established that about six to 30 gunmen attacked Salama and Juhudi area where five people lost their lives.
Among those who were murdered include 60-year-old Samuel Chomba Gacurai, Reuben Mwangi Nyamu (33), Peter Mureithi Githinji (40) and Mwenda alias Sumbua (38).
Nineteen-year-old Barrack Hussein, a student at Bakanja secondary school was attacked in his grandmother’s house and killed by the suspected terrorists. His grandmother’s house was burnt with all the belongings, KES 60,000 cash and two mobile phones were stolen.
According to the police report, the victims had their hands and legs tied with nylon rope, throat slit and stabbed severally.
Livestock of unknown value were stolen and houses torched with all the belongings inside during the late-night incident.
“Recovered at the scene were four spent cartridges and one live ammunition all of 7.62MM, one part of a firearm (dust plate of AK47 rifle) and one used glove all kept as an exhibit,” the police said in the report.
It is alleged that the assailants disappeared towards the forest after the attack.