X Close

World

Published: Sunday July 6, 2014 MYT 6:02:31 AM
Updated: Sunday July 6, 2014 MYT 6:40:03 AM

Gunfire heard in Kenyan coastal area of Lamu - officials

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Gunfire was heard on Saturday night in the Kenyan coastal county of Lamu, where 65 people were killed in two attacks last month, officials said on Sunday.

The Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre said on its Twitter feed that the gunfire had been at Hindi trading centre, situated 15 km (9 miles) from the town of Lamu, and close to the town of Mpeketoni, which was nearly destroyed in one of the attacks last month.

"Local authorities are responding with police assistance," the centre said.

The Kenya Red Cross said it had dispatched its emergency teams to the area, situated north of the port of Mombasa, adding that the shooting had ceased. It said no casualties had been reported.

The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab, which has carried out a series of attacks in neighbouring Kenya, said earlier it had staged an attack on Saturday evening in the coastal area.

(Reporting by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

advertisement

  1. Betong blast: Car bomb kills three, Malaysian among 36 injured in southern Thailand
  2. IGP Khalid warns netizens not to spread false news of Selangor prince
  3. Selangor MB crisis: Hadi wants Khalid to continue as Mentri Besar
  4. 2014: A tragic year for aviation
  5. International community in awe of PM’s handling of MH17 tragedy
  6. Boy leaves a stink on board flight
  7. Experts: Get set for an acute water shortage
  8. Missing Air Algerie flight reported crashed
  9. Search for missing Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people
  10. Air Algerie loses contact with plane over west Africa

advertisement

advertisement