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Militants mocked government as they executed Lamu residents

24 June 2014, 19:16 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Militants apparently mocked the government while executing residents of Witu in Lamu in an attack that left 11 people dead.

The attack on Monday night saw the militants attack villagers and once again kill the men, whilst leaving the women behind.

According to police, 11 bodies have so far been collected in the aftermath of the attack.

According to survivors, the militants hacked their victims to death with knives, shot others and executed some close quarters, mirroring tactics used in earlier attacks claimed by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Al Shabab last week.

Juma Mnari who escaped the attackers by climbing a tree said that he heard them mocking the lack of action by the government in the face of the attacks.

" They were brutal but also took their time. It is like they knew nothing would happen to them, he said.

" I heard them laughing at how the government is inactive and useless, saying they would be back to haunt us once again, he added.

The attack took place overnight on a small village near the town of Witu, on the mainland some 50 kilometres (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 but according to the Kenya Red Cross, six more bodies were found, taking the toll to 11.

Deputy district commissioner Benson Maisori said that some "were killed with knives", while others "were shot, executed at very close range."

Several people were reported to have been wounded in the attack and taken to nearby hospitals.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.

Last week's attacks were claimed by Al Shabaab even though President Uhuru Kenyatta blamed "well-planned, orchestrated and politically motivated ethnic violence" carried out by "local political networks".

Kenyatta's accusations have stoked already tense political rivalry between the government and opposition parties, and raised fears of renewed ethnic tension.

After the attacks, Kenyan security forces killed five people they suspected of involvement in the massacres, recovering AK-47 assault rifles as well as ammunition.

That claim though has been disputed by locals who say they know the five persons killed as herders.

" The government is lying. The ones killed were local herders. They placed the guns on those killed to make it look legitimate, a local leader in the area who did not want to be named said.

Three others have also been charged in connection with the killings and are awaiting official charges.

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