Police have established that all the five people killed in Lamu on Monday were Somalis, county coordinating commander Chrispus Mutali has said.
The two men, two women and a baby were among eight civilians who had sought a lift in the police vehicle. The Land Cruiser ran over a bomb on the Lamu-Ijara border.
Six other people, among them two officers, were injured. Mutali said militias must have been tipped off by residents about the vehicle. He said the terrorists must have had no idea that the civilians were Somalis. “We are aware some locals are working with them,” Mutali said. Families have started collecting the bodies from Mpeketoni hospital mortuary for burial. Mutali said the bodies were badly destroyed and left in in pieces.