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Al Shabaab claim latest Lamu attack

08 July 2014, 17:23

Nairobi - Al Shabaab have claimed responsibility on the attack on a ranch in Lamu which they set ablaze Monday night destroying property worth millions of shillings.

They said in a brief statement Tuesday that they had committed the attack and would do some more until the government left Somalia.

The gunmen torched the offices, following a series of massacres in nearby settlements, government officials had earlier said.

"They set ablaze the camp and also several vehicles, then there was also shooting between the attackers and police at the base," said government official Shahasi Abdalla, the area chief.

The attack occurred late Monday at Amu Ranch, some 16 kilometres west of of Lamu, at a community-run wildlife reserve.

No one was killed or wounded in the attack.

The ranch hosts offices of the Lamu Conservation Trust, which works to support local peoples and traditional ways of life, and protect some 63,000 acres of coastal forest inhabited by elephants and buffalo.

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