A police report says suspected Islamist militants ambushed a vehicle carrying five court officials in Lamu County on Wednesday, January 25. The officials were headed to Garsen town from Kipini Mobile Courts when the attack occurred.
Coast Regional Commissioner, John Elungata, confirmed the incident, noting that the suspected Al Shabaab militants had planned to eliminate the court officials in the ambush.
Elungata noted that the quick response by a team of security operatives dispatched to Lango La Simba area, where the attack happened, repulsed the attackers.
“All the occupants in the Judiciary vehicle are safe. Security teams responded immediately and repulsed (the attackers),” Elungata stated.
He added that the security officers were in pursuit of the armed militia who fled the scene and headed to the Boni forest area.
According to Elungata, two court officials sustained injuries but were receiving medical care.
Militants suspected of being members of the Al Shabaab group have attacked several villages in Lamu County, forcing the government to restrict movement in some parts of the county.
The constant attacks in Lamu saw the Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, issued a dusk to dawn curfew in specific towns identified to be risk prone areas.
These areas include Majembeni, Ndamwe, Mkunumbi, Pandanguo, Witu, Hamasi and Binde Warinde locations. Others are Bomani, Pongwe, Mpeketoni, Bahari, Mapenya and Hindi