Two people were yesterday killed and several houses torched by unknown assailants in Majembeni area, Lamu County.
This follows an exchange of gunfire between assailants and security forces that killed one man who is believed to be part of a gang known as jihadists.
“Terror event in Kibaoni, Lamu West in Coastal region. One person killed in an exchange of gunfire between security forces and jihadist in Kibaoni area of Mpeketoni, Lamu County,” the report read.
The second person succumbed to gunshot injuries.
Residents of Juhudi, Salama and Widhu in Majembeni were forced to flee their homes spending the night at Kibaoni market and in local schools while others spent their night in the forest.
This is the third attack to take place in a span of five days which has claimed seven innocent lives in Widho Sub-location, Majembeni Location.
The attacks have also occasioned the destruction of private property and unsettled residents in the affected and surrounding areas.
The attack comes despite efforts by the government through the Ministry of Interior to deal with the insecurity issue in Lamu County.
The government imposed thirty-days dusk to dawn curfew in parts of the county affected by insecurity.
The affected areas in Lamu West Sub County are Mukunumbi Division, Majembeni location, Ndamwe Location, Mkunumbi Location; Witu Division, Pandanguo Location, Binde Warinde location 2, Witu location, Hamasi Location, Mpeketoni Division; Bomani Location, Pongwe Location, Mpeketoni Location, Bahari Location and Mapenya Location.
In Lamu Central Subcounty, Hindi location in Hindi Division was affected.
“In accordance with Section 106 (1) of the National Police Service Act, 2011, the National Security Council has declared the following parts of Lamu County as Disturbed Areas and ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew for a period of Thirty (30) days effective Wednesday January 5th, 2022,” read the statement.
Matiangi on Friday held a meeting with elected leaders from Lamu to deliberate on the prevailing security situation in the County.
The meeting in Nairobi comes days after the government gazetted parts of Lamu County as “Disturbed Areas” and dispatched a multi-agency security team to restore peace and order following attacks by criminal gangs that left seven people dead.