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Police hunt for Somali kidnappers

21 August 2014, 09:07

Mombasa - Police said Wednesday they have launched manhunt for Somali militants who abducted a driver along the border.

Lamu Administration Police commander Ephantus Kariuki Kiura said suspected Al-Shabaab gunmen ambushed the vehicle and hijacked three passengers and the driver. The passengers were later found nearby.

He said police have dispatched choppers to pursue the group who is believed to be responsible for a series of attacks in the area, adding the motive and exact number of attackers remains unclear.

He said the car was ferrying passengers from Garrisa town to Kiunga at the Kenya-Somalia border in Lamu East when it was attacked by heavily armed men who were all Somalis in military jungle uniforms.

The military said that Al-Shabaab was behind recent attacks. Forces have been combing forests in the region and have raided several camps believed to be Al-Shabaab training facilities.

The Islamists group has claimed responsibility for some of the incident and said it has received local help. Several suspects including Lamu Governor Issa Timamy have been arrested.

A curfew has been ordered in the border area in July over worsening security conditions. Recent attacks have made the curfew prolonged for another month until September.

- Xinhua

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