Senators condemn Lamu terror attacks

Smoke coming from Manda airstrip. Al Shabaab have claimed the attack that saw four of their own dead./COURTESY

Senators on Monday condemned terror attack that took place at Manda military base and Nyongoro area in Lamu last week.

At a media briefing in parliament buildings, Senate minority leader Senator James Orengo and his Kisii counterpart Prof. Sam Ongeri urged the public to be watchful and cooperate with the government in dealing with terror activities in order to minimize such heinous acts in the country.

“We have started the year on a sad note with al-Shabaab attack on facilities in Lamu. I wish to condemn that terrorist and heinous act where some lives were lost and property destroyed. We join entire international community in condemning this,” Orengo said.

On Thursday last week, three people were killed when the Lamu bound bus was attacked at Nyongoro area Lamu County by al-Shabaab members.

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On Sunday, al-Shabaab militants attacked Manda military base, which saw four militants, a U.S. military service member and two U.S. Department of Defense contractors.

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of our teammates who lost their lives,” said U.S. Army General Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command.

Six contractor operated aircrafts were also destroyed during the Sunday dawn attack.