Yesterday, a suspected al-Shabaab improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Kenya’s Lamu County injured 8 Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers. Their vehicle was on patrol along the Milimani–Baure road when it struck and triggered the IED. The subsequent blast injured eight military personnel and destroyed the car.
Baure, Lamu County, KENYA. By Yahya:
According to a KDF’s statement, the injured soldiers have been airlifted to Manda Base Hospital for medical treatment. Moreover, KDF strongly condemned the criminals responsible for the assault. They accused them of disrupting movements and undermining socio-economic stability in the area. Their statement also reiterates the call upon residents to cooperate with security agencies. Local people are asked to share information that can assist in identifying and apprehending criminals who threaten their communities.
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing security challenges that Lamu County faces. The attack happened in close proximity to a similar attack that occurred the day before, resulting in critical injuries to two construction workers.
Security agencies suspect that al-Shabaab militants, who have been long operating within the expansive Boni Forest, are the most likely perpetrators of these attacks. Despite efforts, law enforcement has not made any arrests concerning the incidents yet. Authorities urged the Lamu County residents to remain vigilant as they try to combat these threats.
Threat to the coexistence of Christians and Muslims
Recently, a group of clergy members called upon government authorities to bolster security in the region. Their goal was to prevent further attacks that have, according to them, disrupted the coexistence of Christians and Muslims. Moreover, they urged security agencies to enhance intelligence efforts.
Bishop Damson Kiarie, speaking on behalf of the fellowship, stated, “Many unfortunate events have occurred in this region. We are deeply concerned and implore the government to take decisive measures to protect lives and property. Furthermore, we call upon those involved in these activities to desist. Such actions do not align with our faith and can bring misfortune to future generations.”
Lamu residents have witnessed a series of terrorist incidents. One of the recent included burning houses and a church in Salama village, which underlined the clergy’s concerns. Other attacks occurred along the Lamu-Witu-Garsen road.