LAMU (Xinhua) --
Kenyan soldiers on Thursday rescued a senior
government official who was among six hostages who were abducted
by Al-Shabaab militants in the coastal Lamu region.
Kenya Defence Force (KDF) spokesman Colonel Joseph Owuoth said
the Principal Secretary Maryam Elmaawy was rescued in the
operation that saw her vehicle rollover several times and later
burst into flames.
"Our KDF platoon responded swiftly on both ground and air and
rescued the PS who has since been airlifted to Manda for medical
attention," Owuoth said.
The local police said at least three people including the
driver were killed and Elmaawy was shot in the shoulder and leg
during the rescue operation.
The three were killed by the militants who realized that the
KDF soldiers were pursuing them.
Coast Administration Police commander James Akoru had earlier
confirmed that the six were abducted by about 30 heavily armed
militants at Milihoi area on the Lamu-Mpeketoni highway.
The incident comes just a few days after government released
pictures of six wanted terror suspects behind the recent attacks
The six—Abdullahi Jorso Kotola, Hassan Jahso Kotola, Hamisi
Swaleh Abdallah, Hassan Abdallah Muhsi aka Hassan Kuku, James
Kimanthi Maasai alias Rafat And Rama Mbwana Mbwega are currently
under police radar.
Police are now calling on members of the public to come forth
with any information regarding the suspects to assist in efforts
aimed at combating violent extremism in the country.
Security has since been beefed up in the coastal region to
deter attacks perpetrated by suspected Al-Shabaab militants.
'al-Shabaab' group seize
vehicle in north coast
LAMU (Xinhua) --
A vehicle with six people, including an official,
was hijacked by suspected Al-Shabaab militants on Thursday in
Kenya’s coastal Lamu county.
Coast regional police chief James Akoru confirmed the
incident, saying a senior government official was among those
taken hostage at Milijoi in the restive Lamu region.