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Police seek answers to continued Lamu attacks

11 July 2014, 19:36 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Police are seeking answers to the continued attacks in Lamu County, following new theories as to why the attacks are ongoing.

This follows the latest attack on Pandanguo village in Lamu County where the gunmen rumoured to be ten in number stole six guns from Kenya Police Reservists before torching houses early Friday.

The attacks have left police baffled as to their motive, considering they did not hurt or kill anyone.

This also follows a similar one Monday where they torched Amu Ranch, a community-run wildlife reserve working to support local peoples, animals and traditional ways of life, and a police post also without killing people.

Lamu County Commissioner Miiri Njenga seemed puzzled by the new wave of attacks which did not target human life.

" There are new attacks but they are different to the rest because they are not targeting human life. They are bent on destroying property, he said.

Mr Njenga added police and Kenya Defence Forces personnel had been deployed to the area to stave off more attacks.

The new wave of attacks though have spread fear and panic among residents who are looking for means of moving out of the area.

" The feeling is that these attacks are meant to ensure life is unbearable and that we have mass movement of people, a police source told News24.

" As you saw, they did not kill the reservists but rather disarmed them. That is a ploy to send panic among area residents, the source added.

Mr Njenga though insisted that the police are covering as much ground as possible in their plight to ensure there are no more attacks.

" We are on the ground. We are doing as best we can.

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