By John Kioria
MOMBASA, Three people are feared dead after suspected Al-Shabaab militants descended on Kaisari village in Lamu County in northeastern Kenya, about 340 kilometres northeast of here, over the weekend.
According to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) regional co-ordinator, Hassan Musa, one more person is recuperating at Mpeketoni sub-county hospital after sustaining bullet wounds. A major security operation to apprehend the perpetrators has been launched.
One of the victims is said to have succumbed to his wounds after the attackers set his house on fire. The KRCS has deployed its personnel to the ground to assess the situation and offer humanitarian assistance to the affected.
Mpeketoni has been the target of incessant attacks by the Al-Shabaab militants from neighbouring Somalia since 2014 with close to 100 people having been killed by the militants.
Security officers have been in the area from mid-2015 after Inspector General of Police (IGP) Joseph Boinett gazetted the nearby Boni Forest as a high-risk zone.
The forest, which stretches all the way to Garissa, is suspected to be a hideout for the Al-Shabaab who have strategically plotted attacks on innocent civilians from the forest.