Police in Mombasa have arrested eight people suspected to be involved in Sunday’s indiscriminate shooting in Likoni, they said on Monday, which left four people dead and at least five others wounded.
Unknown gunmen struck Soweto area in Likoni on Sunday night and went on a shooting spree that has shocked both locals and security apparatus.
Robert Kitur, Mombasa County police boss said they were also investigating leaflets found scattered in the area after the attack, which had writings claiming that the gun attack was a revenge mission against recent killings in Mpeketoni, Lamu County.
“This is a revenge for our brothers who were killed in Mpeketoni…..,” the leaflets read in part, and seemed to target a particular Kenyan community.
Kitur however said the leaflets had nothing to do with the attacks in Lamu, and that certain individuals were using the Lamu attacks as an excuse to cause disharmony in Likoni.
“Those leaflets are just a disguise which was used by the attackers to try and sow seeds of discord among different ethnic communities living in Likoni,” Kitur told journalists.
Police said three people had died in the Sunday attacks, but officials at the Coast provincial general hospital mortuary said on Monday that they had received four bodies from the scene.
Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), blamed security personnel for the attack, saying the damage could have been mitigated if police had responded promptly to distress calls.
“Our continued vulnerability as a country to these attacks is totally unacceptable,” MUHURI said in their statement forwarded to media houses.