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45 arrested in Lamu over attacks

08 July 2014, 18:35 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo says 45 people have been arrested in connection with the recent attacks in Lamu that saw over 20 killed.

The 45 were arrested after deputy president William Ruto gave police a 48 hour deadline to find the perpetrators of the violent activities that took place over the weekend.

" We have arrested 45 people and they are in custody, he said Tuesday.

Twenty-two people were killed in the attacks Saturday night by gunmen. Al- Shabaab militants claimed responsibility but Kenyan officials blamed local separatists.

The Saturday night attacks left 13 dead in the town of Hindi and nine dead and one person missing in the town of Gamba, in neighboring Lamu and Tana Delta counties.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for Saturday's attacks, just like they did for others last month that killed 65 people. Kenya police, however, said preliminary investigations pointed to a Kenyan separatist group on the coast.

About 15 gunmen raided Hindi and started shooting at residents, according to the Lamu county commissioner Njenga Miiri. The assailants allegedly burnt several buildings, including a church, and also attacked a police station.

The victims in Gamba included five non-Muslim inmates killed when the gunmen attacked the police station, said. Three other inmates escaped with the gunmen, according to the officer.

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