Suspected Al-Shabaab militants raid Mangai Village in Lamu

By KALUME KAZUNGU
Daily Nation
June 14,2015

Mpeketoni in Lamu. 60 suspected Al-Shabaab militants raided Mangai Village in Lamu at dawn on Sunday. They burnt down two motorbikes belonging to Mangai Dispensary. PHOTO | KEVID ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Mpeketoni in Lamu. 60 suspected Al-Shabaab militants raided Mangai Village in Lamu at dawn on Sunday. They burnt down two motorbikes belonging to Mangai Dispensary. PHOTO | KEVID ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

At least 60 suspected Al-Shabaab militants raided Mangai Village in Lamu County at dawn on Sunday.

According Basuba Location Chief Yusuf Nuri, the attackers invaded the village at 3am Sunday, before flushing out villagers from their houses.

They ordered the more than 100 villagers to gather at Mangai Mosque where they preached to them for three hours.

Mr Nuri said after the preaching, the gang held prayers in the mosque.

They then raided Mangai Dispensary where they burnt down two motorbikes belonging to the health facility.

The later invaded the newly built Mangai Boarding Primary School before setting ablaze more than 100 new mattresses.

Mr Nuri, however, said nobody was injured in the dawn raid.

The chief appealed to the government to deploy security personnel to the area to hunt down the attackers before disaster happens.

“At the moment, all villagers are living in fear following the dawn raid by the suspected Al-Shabaab gang,” he said.

“We don’t know what will happen next as they might be hiding in the forest,” the worried administrator added.

Efforts to reach the Lamu police commander and the county commissioner were futile as their phones went unanswered.

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