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June 25, 2018

Get serious about al Shabaab, Twaha tells state as four buried in Lamu

Residents of Hindi town protest the killings of four men by suspected al Shabaab in Silini and Bobo villages. /CHETI PRAXIDES
Residents of Hindi town protest the killings of four men by suspected al Shabaab in Silini and Bobo villages. /CHETI PRAXIDES

KDF soldiers and police guarded the Tuesday evening burials of the four men beheaded by suspected al Shabaab militants in Lamu West.

The victims were Bobo Primary School teacher Joseph Kimani, Gerald Wagunyi, Samuel Ngushu and Hillary Kiara.

They were killed when more than 30 heavily armed suspected al Shabaab fighters raided Silini and Bobo villages on the night of September 6.

More on this: Suspected al Shabaab behead four in latest dawn raid in Lamu

Also read: Lamu residents flee homes after al Shabaab behead four

Kimani was buried at Uziwa village in Mpeketoni and the others at Bobo village after a ceremony that Governor Fahim Twaha attended.

In his address to mourners, Twaha asked the government to get serious about the war on terror.

He expressed displeasure with the manner in which "innocent civilians are killed by merciless terrorists".

“It's unfortunate that we still have to bury our people who are killed by al Shabaab. The government should be more efficient in the war on al Shabaab," he said.

"Enough people have been killed. Let's not lose more. I will ask President Uhuru Kenyatta to bring in more officers. The one we have are not enough."

The government has resorted to bombing Boni Forest to get rid of the militants who have bases there.

On Monday, Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa accused chief of taking bribes from the terrorists and allowing them to roam freely and carry out their ills in the county.

Read: Boni Forest will be bombed to drive out Shabaab, says Kanyiri

Also read: Lamu chiefs only good at 'fattening', taking bribes from al Shabaab - Marwa

 The Governor said the county will give all necessary support for the war on terrorism.

Residents asked the government to increase the number of military and police camps in most affected areas. These include Hindi, Witu, Basuba, Kiunga, Ishakani, Maleli, Pandanguo, Jima and Poromoko.

“We are ready to be trained in military skills and be given guns so that we can protect ourselves.They should also increase military and police camps in these areas,” said William Mwangi.

Security chiefs who attended the burials urged residents to maintain peace and cooperate with police by submitting information on suspects.

They said nobody has reason to worry as the region is well-guarded.

Read: I watched helplessly as al Shabaab killed my husband - Lamu widow



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