Home > News > World
Saturday July 19, 2014 MYT 4:20:05 AM
Saturday July 19, 2014 MYT 4:21:32 AM
by joseph akwiri
MOMBASA Kenya (Reuters) - Gunmen killed at least three people when they ambushed a bus along Kenya's northern coast on Friday, a local official said.
About 100 people have been killed in attacks on Kenya's coast since mid-June. Somali Islamist group al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for many of them but the government has suggested local politicians were also behind them.
The attacks near Lamu, an ancient trading port and tourist resort, have damaged Kenya's tourism industry and heightened volatility in a region where local communities have a history of conflict over land, water and other resources.
Daniel Kahosho, head of Kenya Police Reservists in Mpeketoni in Lamu County, told Reuters the gunmen blocked the bus with their car and then sprayed it with bullets.
"Two lorries which were carrying mangoes were also attacked and three people in total have been killed," he said. "We still don't know how many of the passengers may have been hijacked. The bus is riddled with bullets."
Miiri Njenga, Lamu County commissioner, said attackers hijacked the bus near Witu, a small town about 50 km from Lamu. It had been on way to Lamu from the tourist resort of Malindi, some 220 km further south.
Hundreds of families have fled the area despite government assurances that the attacks will soon end. Kenya has drafted its army to help fight the attackers who are believed to be hiding in forests around Lamu County.
(Writing by Drazen Jorgic, Editing by Angus MacSwan)
Gunmen ambush police in northwest Kenya, at least 10 dead
Gunmen ambush bus, kill 15 passengers in Iraqi desert
Gunmen kill at least 48 in attack on Kenyan coast
Gunmen kill at least 29 in latest raids on Kenyan coast
Suspected al Shabaab militants kill at least 12 in northern Kenya ambush
Hong Kong protesters clash with police after new clampdown
For world's police, force of the law meets the law of force
Putin to push trade in Turkey despite disagreement on Syria
Three dead in attack and Islamist protests in Egypt
Liberia's Supreme Court suspends election campaign over Ebola
Ladies, time to stand up and fight for your man
Staff fear the chop in Samsung Electronics annual reshuffle
Let it snow, let it snow in mall
Charity concert in aid of hospital’s centre
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)