Suspected Al Shabaab Islamist militants killed at least three men in Lamu county on Sunday, police and officials said, in the same area they killed over a dozen people in 2014.
The attackers, numbering at least five attacked Pandanguo village at 5am and went to several houses looking for men, who they interrogated before killing some, a survivor, said from a local hospital in Mpeketoni area where he was taken after being shot.
“They asked me questions in Somali language, when I struggled to respond, they shot me but hit my hand,” said the victim, who asked not to be named.
Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa said they had deployed security in the area and had crucial tips that would lead to the suspects.
“All those details are true except the part of speaking Somali language, which we are still investigating,” Marwa, told Baraka FM on telephone.
A local official in Mpeketoni said one of the dead was shot, while another was burnt in his house. The third had his throat slit.
At least 60 people were killed in the area and its environs in June and July 2014, in a spate of attacks that targeted non Muslim men. Al shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The militants have vowed to continue with attacks in Kenya, retaliating the presence of the country’s troops in Somalia, where they continue to fight the insurgents under the African Union umbrella, AMISOM.
Two weeks ago they attacked an AMISOM base in Somalia killing an unknown number of Kenyan soldiers, in what the Kenyan military has described as one of the worst attacks they have suffered since they entered Somalia.
They want Kenya to withdraw its military from Somalia, but president Uhuru Kenyatta has maintained that the troops would remain there.
Coast regional police commander Francis Wanjohi also confirmed the Sunday attack but did not give details.