The al-Qaeda linked militia group hit on the
village on Saturday morning, in a well-orchestrated attack,
dragging 10 men from their houses after which they chopped off
their heads. Only one managed to escape after playing dead for
hours after he was left bleeding.
The guerilla attack has created a new face of
terror in the volatile region, with the Somalia-based militia
moving from their traditional Improvised Explosive Devices
(IED) and masked gunmen in their previous
President Uhuru Kenyatta, who informed Kenyans of
the incident on Saturday morning while announcing the death of
the Internal Security Minister Joseph Nkaiserry, termed it as
“We are still assessing the incident and we assure
Kenyans that the security in the country will be maintained,”
Despite the dawn to dusk curfew imposed by the
newly appointed Minister of Internal Security Fred Matiang’i,
Kenyans have already started fleeing the area fearing the
attacks could be a predecessor to more atrocities as the 8
August elections draw near.
They expressed concern that the militia could be
planning severe attacks on other parts of the country, citing
that with many residents unaccounted for there are fears that
the numbers of the killed could be higher.
James ole Serian, the head of Operation Linda Boni,
which operates where the area lies, confirmed the incident,
saying that a team of security agents had been sent to pursue
the militants. He however declined to give more information,
saying they would brief the country later.
“We will give more details later as we are still
pursuing the killers,” he added.
Jackson Kitsao, an eye witness, said about 16 men
went from house to house dragging all the men
“One of the men managed to escape but the others
were unfortunately killed. The whereabouts of some of the
people remains unknown as they fled to avoid being killed,” he
Johnson Ndokalone, a resident, said they used
knives to slaughter the men, one by one.
He called for improved security in the area, citing
that more needs to be done to ensure their safety was
“The attacks become worse with each rising sun,” he
In the last two months, about 40 people have been
killed in IED attacks on the Kenyan coast, raising fears about
the country’s preparedness to combat terrorism.
The isolated attacks have seen the militia plant
IEDs on roads and thickets frequently traversed by security
agencies, leading to massive deaths in the area.
In the latest attack three days ago, two police
officers were killed in Pandaguo area in an early morning
attack after a seven-hour gang battle with the Kenya Defence
On 31 May, seven Kenyan police attached to the
Mangai Rapid Border Patrol Unit were killed after their Armored
Personnel carrier (APC) hit an IED in the Kiunga area of Lamu.
Kenyan army personnel who attempted to rescue the injured were
repulsed by heavy shooting from the militia group, forcing them
to flee to safety.
“They opened fire on the police officers who had
rushed to the scene to help the hurt troops, making it
impossible to save their lives,” said Head of Operations Noah
Mandera governor Ali Roba narrowly escaped death
when an armoured vehicle in his convoy hit an IED on 24 May.
Four of his bodyguards and a civilian died in the incident
after they took a detour to refuel and hit the IED. Soldiers
who attempted to help them were repulsed by gunshots from
suspected al-Shabaab men, forcing them to flee for their
On 25May, two police officers lost their lives
after their car rammed into an explosive in Liboi area in
Garrisa. Four policemen were seriously injured when the IED
destroyed their vehicle along the Malelei Kulan Road in the
On 16 May, al-Shabaab killed an administration
police in Northern Kenya and kidnapped two police
The men interrogated chief Dekow Abbey Sirat at
around 22:00, then riddled his body with bullets.
Northern Coast Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh
insisted that the militia was carrying out the attacks with the
help of local sympathisers.
Kenya came under siege by the group after it
launched “Operation Linda Inchi,” which saw it send 3,600
troops to Somalia to repulse the militia after a series of
attacks on Kenyan soil under the African Union Mission to
Al-Shabaab killed 200 soldiers in ElAdde in January
2016 and a year later slayed 57 soldiers in Kulbiyow. It also
claimed responsibility for the Westgate mall attack in which 67
people died. Kenya also lost 147 students in the Garissa
Political analyst Joseph Omondi called for proper
manning of the Kenyan Somalia border, saying that it was
important to monitor the movements into the
“Kenya needs to be extra vigilant in the emerging
faces of terror. There is also urgent need to analyse any
intelligence report that comes along their way. This is the
only way to combat the militia who are coming up with different
tactics to kill our soldiers,” he added.
Police Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet assured
Kenyans of their security.
“Lamu has been experiencing a series of attack but
we are working towards a clear path to ensure the safety of
everyone living there,” said Boinett.
Photo: A member of Somalia’s al-Shabaab militant
group stands in front of a crowd during a public demonstration
to announce their integration with al-Qaeda in Elasha, south of
the capital Mogadishu February 13, 2012. REUTERS/Feisal