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08/01/2023 Kenya (International Christian Concern) – Al-Shabaab militants ambushed vehicles, killed one person, and injured 10 others in Lamu, Kenya, on August 1.  

“Today at approximately 7:40 a.m., suspected terrorists attacked travelers along the Lamu-Witu-Garsen highways where one person was killed and 10 injured, while a yet-to-be-determined number are missing,” said the Kenyan Minister for Interior and National Administration.  

Security reports that approximately 60 members of the Somali-based al-Qaida-allied terrorist group stopped vehicles and motorcycles in the remote area, fully armed, ready to carry out a massive attack.  

One of the security personnel who responded to the attack told ICC, “We were notified by the first survivors that arrived on a vehicle damaged in the rear by bullets. We responded rapidly, and a gun battle ensued. We managed to scatter the large groups of terrorists into the nearby Boni Forest. We thank God that He used the survivors to report to us. It would have been one of the deadliest al-Shabaab attacks in recent years.”  

One of the vehicles sprayed with bullets belonged to a local member of the County Assembly, who was traveling with his wife and children. They were evaluated and taken to the hospital, where his wife succumbed to bullet wounds as they were receiving treatment.  

Today’s attack comes barely three weeks after one person was killed and seven houses set on fire by terrorists that attacked internally displaced people (IDPs) taking shelter at a camp in Juhudi due to the ongoing security threat in Lamu.

In a separate incident, the Al-Shabaab militia earlier today detonated an improvised explosive device and fired assault weapons targeting a passenger bus in Mandera, injuring one civilian.  

 

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