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One dead, two injured in Lamu grenade attack

One of the survivors in Lamu grenade attack Brian Otieno. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

One person died on the spot while two others sustained serious injuries after a vehicle they were traveling in rammed into an underground planted Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Basuba, Lamu County on Monday.

The incident happened between Mararani and Sankuru areas within Basuba Ward, a road that passes through Boni forest, a hideout to the Al-Shabab militia men.

The vehicle was ferrying water from Mkokoni to Kiunga and after it passed Mararani area, it rammed into the IED and it rolled several times, killing one person and seriously injuring the two.

Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia confirmed the Monday incident saying the driver Ali Hamza Kimango together with his conductor Brian Otieno had helped the 17 year old, form three, Kiunga secondary school student who was heading to school.

Kimango died on the spot while Otieno and the young student Ali Msuo sustained serious injuries on their heads, shoulders and legs and are receiving urgent treatment at the King Fahad hospital in Lamu.

“Police are currently pursuing the Al-Shabab militia who planted the IED along the Basuba road,” said Mr Macharia.

Basuba road that passes through the Boni forest has been singled out as major hideout for the Al-Shabab militia.

However, Macharia says security has been beefed up in the entire Lamu County and such incidents have reduced compared to the recent past.


Meanwhile, the Lamu Youth Assembly is urging security agencies to tame the rising insecurity in the county.

Led by Lamu Youth assembly Spokesperson Yunus Is’hakia Ahmed, the youth want security in the county beefed up and security agencies increase 24 hour security surveillance across most prone areas to Al-Shabab attacks.

[Kiunga Secondary School student Ali Msuo nursing serious leg injuries at the King Fahad hospital in Lamu. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

“Resurfacing of such incidents in the county is instilling fears among Lamu residents, we want security beefed up,” he disclosed.

Multi agency team is pursuing the Al-Shabab militia who vanished into the nearby Boni forest immediately after the incident.