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Kimaiyo extends Lamu curfew order

20 August 2014, 15:37 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has extended the Lamu curfew period by a further one month.

The curfew has already been in place for the past month and according to his office Wednesday, the move is to ensure gains made by security forces in the last couple of weeks are not lost.

The initial curfew period was set from July 20, 2014 to August 20, 2014.

The new directive will see the curfew period extended from August 21, 2014 to September 21, 2014.

The curfew will again take effect from 6.30 PM to 6.30 AM.

The initial curfew had to be revised for nine days after Muslims complained it was affecting their Ramadan timetable.

Kimaiyo, after pressure from Majority Leader in Parliament Aden Duale, had said that Muslims were exempted from the initial order for a month, uptil the end of the month of Ramadan.

Lamu has in the last four months been hit by a spate of attacks on locals, which have seen over 100 people killed and many others injured.

Thousands have also been displaced because of the violence.

The terror group Al Shabaab has previously taken responsibility for the attacks, though the government has insisted that it is the work of local politicians using violence to settle old scores regarding land allocations.

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