Nairobi (July 9, 2017): At least nine people have been killed in an overnight assault on a village in the Kenyan coastal district of Lamu by suspected al-Shabab fighters, police said.
Police sources said Shabaab militants were believed to be behind the killings which took place in the villages of Jima and Pandaguo near the Somali border, an area that has seen a wave of recent attacks, mostly targeting the security forces. All the victims were civilians and some were beheaded, according to police.
A witness said on the condition of anonymity, “They raided Jima and Pandanguo villages and killed nine men. They were slaughtered like chickens, using knives.”
Kenya’s Interior Ministry announced late on Saturday that curfew was imposed in three districts following the attack.
It said in a tweet that the 12-hour curfew, from 6:30pm (1530 GMT), affects parts of Lamu, Garissa and Tana River and is to be in place for the next three months.
Kenyan forces are pursuing the perpetrators who fled. “A security operation is still underway to try and get the attackers,” said James Ole Serian, who is in charge of a military operation in the nearby Boni Forest.
Earlier, three police officers were killed in an attack on a police check post in Lamu, blamed on the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group.