LAMU (Xinhua) --
About 100 Somali Al-Shabaab militants on
Sunday stormed a village in Kenya’s coastal Lamu region where
they "lectured" frightened villagers.
flushed out Ishakani villagers from their houses and preached to
them radical teachings at the border village between Kenya and
According to witnesses living in Ishakani, the militants
joined other Muslim faithful for prayers in the mosque in which
they lectured them before escaping into Somalia.
Lamu County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo confirmed the
incident on Sunday evening, saying that they got information and
sent officers to pursue the militants.
Kitiyo confirmed that a group of between 60 to 100 suspected
Al-Shabaab militants invaded Ishakani village on Sunday.
"However, within 30 minutes, we had already sent out a
special team of KDF (Kenya Defence Forces) to pursue the
terrorists. Our officers are pursuing the criminals who
suspected that our security team must be following them," Kitiyo
The government official reiterated that the national
government is aware of the militants’ threats and are working
towards weeding out the Al-Shabaab group from Boni forest which
he said continues to be their base of operations.
He further said that KDF from the local camp together with
the special squad are hunting down the militants in Boni forest.