Coastal region near tourist destination of Lamu affected by renewed violence, mirroring tactics used by militants from al-Shabaab suspected of killing 60 people last week
At least 11 people have been killed in a new attack on Kenya’s coastal region, officials said Tuesday, one week after some 60 people died in twin massacres nearby.
Some were hacked to death with knives, others shot and executed at close quarters, mirroring tactics used in earlier attacks claimed by Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab.
The attack took place overnight on a small village near the town of Witu, on the mainland some 30 miles west of the tourist island of Lamu.
Lamu County Commissioner Stephen Ikua called it an “unfortunate attack”, the third in the area this month.
Five bodies were initially found, Ikua said, but a police source later said that six more bodies were found, taking the toll to 11.