7 dead as gunmen attack passenger bus in Kenya’s coastal county of Lamu

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have killed seven people, including four officers, after attacking a passenger bus in Kenya’s coastal county of Lamu.

The opened fire the bus near the town of Witu, some 50 km (31 miles) from the resort island of Lamu.

They then targeted a vehicle that had arrived at the scene. Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamist militia has said it carried out the attack.

Nearly 100 people have been killed in violence Kenya’s coast this summer.

Hundreds of families have been by the unrest, which has also damaged the local tourist industry.

The bus targeted was travelling from the city of Mombasa to Lamu. fired at the vehicle after blocking its path with .


The bus driver was among those killed, the Lamu county Miiri Njenga told Reuters news agency.

Eight people are said to have been admitted to , most of them with gunshot wounds.

The attack comes a day after Kenya’s military said its aircraft had bombed jungle bases used by militants in the area.

A spokesman for al-Shabab, Abdulaziz Abu Musab, told Reuters the Kenyan announcement was “propaganda”.

’s attack, he said, was “in to Kenya’s claim that it deployed more troops in the coast and thus tightened security”.