Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kenya: Seven Killed, Including Four Police Officers, After Attacking a Bus in Lamu

According to the BBC, unidentified gunmen killed seven people, including four police officers, on Friday (July 18) after assaulting a passenger bus in Kenya’s coastal county of Lamu.

The gunmen opened fire on the bus near the town of Witu, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the resort island of Lamu. The gunmen than assaulted a police vehicle that had responded promptly to the bus attack.

Somalia’s al-Shabaab Islamist militia claimed responsibility fir the shooting.

COMMENT: Foreign travelers to Kenya are reminded that of all targets foreigners are at the TOP of al-Shabaab's list, with at least one foreigner, a Russian, having been killed by the group.

Nearly 100 people have been killed in violence on Kenya’s coast just this summer.

Hundreds of families have been displaced by the unrest, which has also damaged the local tourist industry.

The bus targeted on Friday was traveling from the city of Mombasa to Lamu. Gunmen fired at the vehicle after blocking its path with their car.

The bus driver was among those killed, the Lamu county commissioner Miiri Njenga told REUTERS. 

Eight people are said to have been admitted to hospital, most of them with gunshot wounds.

The attack comes a day after Kenya’s military said its aircraft had bombed jungle bases used by militants in the area.

A spokesman for al-Shabab, Abdulaziz Abu Musab, told REUTERS the Kenyan announcement amounted to mere “propaganda."