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Al Shabaab kidnaps 5 in Lamu

11 October 2014, 09:40

Nairobi - Suspected Al-Shabaab militia on Friday abducted five Kenyans at Kiunga, along the border with Somalia in the coastal town of Lamu.

Lamu County Commissioner Njenga Miiri confirmed the incident, saying the heavily armed militants hijacked two vehicles which were ferrying miraa (khat) within Kiunga area.

"We are pursuing the gunmen. We believe they are Al-Shabaab members," Miiri told Xinhua by telephone. "The five comprising of drivers and loaders are in the hands of Al-Shabaab. But we have launched security operation to help free the Kenyans."

Miiri said a combined team of military and police officers have been deployed in the region to help crack down on the insurgents.

In August, Al-Shabaab militants beheaded a Kenyan driver abducted at Kiunga. The body of George Mwita was discovered on Aug. 22 during a rescue operation carried out by Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) soldiers and police within the vast Boni forest, where the militants were hiding.

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said police have extended the dusk-to-dawn curfew in Lamu in a bid to restore normalcy in the volatile region.

Since the curfew was imposed in July, the county has experienced a reduction of incidents of insecurity, and life as well as economic and social activities are gradually returning to normal, according to the police.

- Xinhua

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