Three killed in attack on a bus in Lamu.

Three killed in attack on a bus in Lamu.

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Police patrolling Lamu county. FILE PHOTO

Three people were killed when unknown gunmen attacked a bus belonging to Tahmeed company in Mambosasa area near Witu on Friday, police and officials said.

Witnesses said the gunmen who were riding in a Toyota probox blocked the road, forcing the bus which was headed to Lamu from Malindi to stop, before they jumped out and started firing at it.

“Two lorries which were carrying mangoes were also attacked and three people in total have been killed including the turn boy to one of the lorries. The incident happened at 7pm,” Daniel Kahosho, head of Kenya Police Reservists in Mpeketoni, told Baraka FM.

Lamu County commissioner Miiri Njenga confirmed the incident saying the attackers fled after a fierce exchange with police and military officers who arrived shortly after the attack.

He said an unknown number of people had been wounded in the attack, and that it was not clear whether some passengers in the bus had been hijacked.

About 100 people have been killed in attacks by gunmen in Lamu and Tana River by gunmen who officials and locals say have hidden into area forests to escape a dragnet by security personnel.

This week the government authorized deployment of the military to boost police efforts in cracking down on the attackers.

Officials said several hideouts of the attackers in Boni forest, Lamu had been bombed in aerial attacks by Kenyan military war planes.

In Mombasa a suspected robber was lynched by the public in Likoni after he and his two acomplices violently robbed 730,000 shillings from an area shop.

The three were riding on a motorbike and used what turned out to be a toy pistol to rob the cash before angry members of the public descended on them.

One suspect was seriously injured as the other managed to escape. Police recovered the toy pistol and motorbike they were using, but not the cash.

Additional reporting by Weldon Kemboi.