3 dead, official abducted in Kenya al-Shabaab attack

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Lands PS Mariamu El Maawy shot in the shoulder and leg

Al-Shabaab gunmen have hijacked a Prado with six occupants at Milihoi along the Mpeketoni-Lamu road in Lamu County.

Coast Administration Police boss James Akoru confirmed the incident, saying it occurred at 3pm.

Akoru told the Nation that a team, including GSU officers, had been dispatched to the scene.

“We have received the information just now. We do not know who are the occupants and how many they are. Our officers are following up,” Mr Akoru told the Nation on phone.

The incident happened hours after Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa flew to Lamu for a security meeting.

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He was scheduled to address another meeting in Mpeketoni tomorrow (Friday).

His visit comes few days after the government launched airstrikes against the terrorists who are believed to be hiding in the vast Boni Forest.

Public works PS rescued

Public Works Principal Secretary Mariam El Maawy was rescued by KDF and GSU commandos after being abducted by Al-Shabaab militia in Milihoi, Lamu.

A Toyota Prado with six occupants had been taken hostage by the militants at Milihoi along the Lamu-Mpeketoni highway before a joint operation by security forces responded to the 3pm incident.

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Spokesman Colonel Joseph Awouth El Maawy was rescued in the operation and the body of one man recovered.

He said that the vehicle rolled and burst into flames as it was being pursued by security officers.

The PS, who sustained injuries from the attackers, will be airlifted to Manda Military Base and later to Nairobi for specialized treatment.

Military base and later to Nairobi for specialised treatment.

The government increased the airstrikes after attacks by the Al-Shaabab, which claimed lives of 13 people, including four police officers.

In a related incident, a turnboy of a lorry heading to Lamu was abducted at the same place (Milihoi).

But the militants allowed the driver of the lorry to proceed.

Police intercepted the driver at Ndeu road block in Hindi and is being questioned.

Source: Daily Nation/Standard DigitalĀ 

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