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Where is the government? Lamu attack victims pose

11 July 2014, 13:24

Nairobi - Unidentified gunmen raided a village near the coastal town of Lamu early Friday, the latest in a string of attacks in the region.

Officials said more than 10 raiders struck at Pandanguo village, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Mpeketoni -- where close to 50 people were massacred in an attack last month -- stole guns from police reservists and torched houses and other buildings.

The Kenyan Red Cross said there were no reports of any casualties in the latest attack.

"The heavily armed attackers raided the village at around 1:00 am today (Friday) and disarmed six police reservists," Kaviha Charo Karisa, a local area assistant chief, told AFP.

"They burnt several houses, including a school and a dispensary, as well as robbed people in the village. There were no casualties suffered during the attack," he said.

It comes just days after a gang attacked and burnt offices of a conservation organization in the area.

The attacks have also raised alarm levels in the area, with locals terrified of yet more assaults and lack of proper police protection.

" Where is the police protection? Where are they? We are lucky they killed no one. We live in a lot of fear, Mwandawiro Mule, a local resident said.

There was also reports of some area residents fleeing because of fear of more attacks happening, this time with casualties.

" We are afraid that they will be back as the police have failed to stop these attacks. Maybe next time they will kill, a resident simply known as Kazungu said.

On Monday, armed attackers raided Amu Ranch, a community-run wildlife reserve working to support local peoples, animals and traditional ways of life, some 16 kilometres (10 miles) west of the coastal town of Lamu.

No one has claimed responsibility for the latest assaults, but the attacks the follows a string of killings in the same area in which at least 87 people have been killed, according to the Red Cross.

Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab have claimed responsibility for earlier attacks, saying they were in retaliation for Kenya's military presence in Somalia as part of the African Union force supporting the country's fragile and internationally-backed government.

However, police and government officials have blamed the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), a group that campaigns for independence of the coastal region.



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