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Relief agency traces 50 missing persons after Mpeketoni attacks

18 June 2014, 08:07

Nairobi - Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) said Tuesday it has launched a tracing hotline to help identify 50 villagers who are missing following the attack that left more than 60 people dead in the coastal region.

KRCS Director of External Relations and Mobilization Jacqueline Waita said a total of 59 missing cases were reported by the end of Monday of which were closed positively and 52 cases still pending.

"A tracing hotline was shared for reporting any missing persons and is still active with a total of 30 cases being reported out of the 59 above," Waita said in a statement.

She said the KRCS team has continued to offer psychosocial first aid and support to evacuate the affected victims.

Waita said tensions are reported to be high in the area, with reports of follow-up attacks in Poromoko and Mapenya villages.

The area residents of held protests in the town following the killings gunmen on Sunday and Monday nights.

The residents held placards and lit bonfires in the town to protest the deaths and the destruction of property by the gunmen which occurred on Sunday followed by fresh attacks last night.

The residents dragged burnt cars on the streets with some holding new car number plates to show their anger over the attack that is now taking a political angle.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday said the attacks on the civilian over two nights were the work of "local political networks" and dismissed claims by the Somali insurgents that they were behind the heinous act.

"The attack in Lamu was well planned, orchestrated, and politically motivated ethnic violence against a Kenyan community, with the intention of profiling and evicting them for political reasons. This therefore, was not an Al-Shabaab terrorist attack," Kenyatta told the nation.

Kenyatta's denial came after Al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for Sunday and Monday's attacks.

 - Xinhua

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