Mpeketoni had only six policemen, claim residents
16 June 2014, 19:32
Nairobi - Mpeketoni, the coastal town in Lamu attacked by Al- Shabaab militants Sunday had only six policemen, according to area residents.
The town was attacked by what was described as close to fifty gunmen who easily overturned the town and caused havoc, killing over 50 people.
The gunmen also descended on the town's bank, social hall and homes, torching them and burning over 20 vehicles.
They are understood to have first attacked the local police station, killing one policeman in the process, while others fled for safety since they were simply outnumbered.
And it has now emerged that despite the relative threat posed by the Shabaab militants in Kenya and especially at the coast, there were only six policemen in town.
" I knew only six but at times they would even be as few as three or four, Simon Kamau who has lived in the town for 20 years said.
He also says that area residents had long complained about the lack of police presence in a town that was isolated from the other parts of the Coast, especially with the current terror threat hanging over the country.
" We had raised the issue with the area chief and even the police themselves over the matter but they simply did nothing about it, John Waweru who lost his two brothers in the attack said.
It explains why it is understood that despite calls for help, police only got re-enforcements close to five hours after the attacks begun.
Plus the explanation as to why they attackers took their time in the attack.
" They were in no hurry. It is like they had the freedom of the world, Halima Omar whop was spared death by the gang due to her Somali origin said.
" It is obvious they knew the police could not react to the magnitude of the attack, she added.
The attacks have brought further focus Kenya's security apparatus and their preparedness to deal with attacks of such magnitude.
Coming just a few days after the UK government evacuated staff at its Mombasa consulate, the National Intelligence Service NIS has been blamed for doing nothing in the wake of the continued assault by the Al Shabaab militants who have claimed responsibility for the attacks.
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