45 arrested in Lamu over attacks
08 July 2014, 18:35
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.
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.
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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