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Al-Shabaab raid Lamu village, tourches several houses with death reported

One person reported dead after unknown number of Al-Shabaab millitants raided Lamu where they tourched several houses.

Al-Shabaab militias have killed one person and destroyed property after attacking Widhu Village, Lamu County in a night attack.

Police said the raid happened on Tuesday night when an unknown number of gunmen struck.

Witnesses said the gang torched houses in the raid before escaping. No arrest has been made.

This is the latest incident to happen in the area amid heightened operations to address the terror-related menace.

The group has stepped up its attacks against innocent people while destroying key infrastructure, even as government threats fail to scare them. 

The terrorists, suspected to be coming from Southern Somalia and bases in Boni Forest, have wreaked havoc in the area, mounting near-daily attacks. 

The terror group has also increased attacks in the Nothern Kenya counties over the past months, raising fears of active terror cells operating within the country. 

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The attack comes a day after a military surveillance helicopter crashed in Boni Forest during a night patrol.

The government has already declared 11 zones in Lamu as a no-go zone to curb further attacks in the area. 

The state has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Salama, Juhudi, Widhu Marafa, Mashogoni, and Ukumbi in Lamu West as part of efforts to enhance operations targeting the terrorists who hide in Boni forest. 

The night attack also happened ahead of a visit by Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki to the neighbouring Tana River county on Wednesday.

Kindiki visited the area and held a meeting with Coast Regional, Tana River County, and Galledyertu subcounty security and intelligence committees.

He also met Governor Godhana Dhadho and Senator Danson Mungatana among other local leaders as he held a public baraza at Galedyertu subcounty.

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