At least 34 people have died after suspected Islamist militants attacked hotels and a police station in a Kenyan coastal town, police say.
Witnesses in Mpeketoni said gun battles went on for several hours and reported seeing buildings set on fire.
The town is close to Lamu island, which is a well-known tourist resort.
“We understand the attackers have already fled but our officers are pursuing them,” Mr Mwaliko added.
He said surveillance aircraft had been dispatched to the region to help with the security operation.
Bozo Jenje, a journalist in Mombasa, told the BBC that residents had reported seeing bodies scattered across roads in the town.
He said Mpeketoni was a mainly Christian community.
Nearby Lamu island is a popular tourist destination with ancient architecture that is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site. (BBC)