A Kenyan national was killed during the Sunday dawn terrorist attack on Manda-Magogoni military base on Manda Bay Island in Lamu, the Nationcan reveal.
Mwalimu Chengo was sprayed with five bullets by the militants in Magogoni, Hindi Ward, as they approached the camp.
Multiple reliable sources, including government officials in Lamu, confirmed to the Nation that Chengo was killed by the militants as they advanced towards the Manda Airstrip through Hindi.
The Nation exclusively reported that the unknown number of al-Shabaab militants gained entry into the airstrip through Chandavai in Hindi where they disconnected power before launching their attack.
An administrator confirmed Chengo’s body was taken to Mpeketoni mortuary and was picked up by police officers later on Sunday.
His brother, Josephat Ponda, told the Nation that Chengo was working as a casual labourer at a farm in Hindi.
“He has been working there as a shamba boy for quite some time. We spoke to his friend who saw the attackers who were in military uniform and he explained how he was shot,” said Mr Ponda.
MOVE BODY TO KILIFI
He said plans to transport the body from Lamu to Kilifi County are under way.
Hindi MCA Anab Haji also told the Nation that her office had received reports of the man’s killing.
“My office received information that there is a body that was taken to Mpeketoni. We are following up the matter with the family,” said Ms Haji.
The revelation comes even as the government denies that there were any casualties on the Kenyan side during the attack, that saw five American citizens at the camp dead. The camp houses US forces.
The United States Africa Command (Africom) said in a statement that three soldiers died and two Department of Defence members were nursing injuries.
Africom Commander General Stephen Townsend said in a statement that the wounded were in a stable condition.
In another statement, Africom revealed that a section of the base and equipment were destroyed by the militants.
“Reports indicate that six contractor-operated civilian aircraft were damaged to some degree,” said the statement.
The Nation understands that two aircraft and vehicles are among property damaged at the facility.
But the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), on its part, denied reports that there were any casualties on the Kenyan side — both soldiers or civilians.
On Monday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i reiterated that there were no Kenyan casualties as he vowed that the terrorists would be dealt with firmly.
Meanwhile, KDF further said that the attackers were repulsed and five bodies of the militants were found afterwards.