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No bus attack in Lamu, says Boinett

08 July 2015, 13:30 William Korir

Nairobi - Reports of an attack on a bus by Al Shabaab militants are false, Inspector General IG of Police Joseph Boinett has said.

It was widely reported Wednesday that heavily-armed militants on Tuesday attacked a convoy of passenger buses and their army escorts in Lamu along the Coast.

The attack took place near Mpeketoni, which has been the seen previous raids and massacres carried out by the Al Shabaab

There were however no reports of casualties.

But in a rejoinder, the IG stated that all reports of the attack were false and that in actual terms, no attack took place in the first place.

" The reported attack on bus convoy in Lamu is all false. To the contrary the enemy has suffered serious setbacks in the last 12 hours, " he said.

The statement however contradicted those of witnesses who claimed they saw the attack take place.

" They used grenades and heavy guns. We came under intense attack. The bus was sprayed with bullets but it is a miracle nobody was hurt," an eyewitness, who asked not to be named, told news agencies.

The report comes just a day after 14 people died in a Shabaab attack on a village in Mandera northern Kenya.

The government has said that the country is on high alert as it looks to prevent future attacks.

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