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Lobby group links Mpeketoni attacks with terrorism

04 July 2014, 09:16 Mbungu Harrison

Lamu - A report launched by a Coast-based lobby group has said the recent Mpeketoni attacks are linked with terrorism.

The Haki Africa report has revealed that police failed to prevent the attacks that saw over 65 people killed in a cold blood.

Haki Africa executive director, Hussein Khalid has said the report collected views from the locals, the police and other government officials in the county. Khalid has called on the government to act on the report which was filed by a human rights documentation team deployed at Lamu to investigate.

He observed that the views given by the public revealed that there was a possible involvement of the Al Shabaab, contrary to what the government had stated before. The state had stated that the attacks  were politically instigated.

“Most of the people who were interviewed are not certain of what happened. The act got them unaware, some of those who saw the attackers said they had a Somali origin, but it’s not the first time Al Shabaab is involved in attacks in Lamu,” he added.

Khalid lamented that the insecurity issue is being taken for granted, warning that politicians are using it for their own political mileage.

“Some politicians are using security apparatus to make sure their agenda is realised. We ask the government to take the recommendations seriously,” he added.

According to Khalid, the report which was conducted between June 25 and 28 is meant to coincide with the release of a similar report by National Assembly's Administration and National Security Committee.

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