NAIROBI, Three government officials in eastern Kenya’s Tana River County, including a Chief Officer of Public works, have been gunned downed by suspected Al-Shabaab militants and a manhunt for the attackers is underway.

The trio met their untimely deaths when the attackers struck at the Nyongoro area near the border between Tana River and Lamu counties on Tuesday night.

The bodies of the deceased officers were burnt beyond recognition during the brutal attack after the militants, who are believed to be heavily armed, sprayed bullets at their vehicle and set it ablaze during the incident.

On Wednesday night, the bodies were taken from the scene and later moved to the Malindi Star hospital mortuary for postmortem examinations.

Some four survivors who suffered bullets wounds were also rushed to the Malindi sub-county hospital by the Kenya Red Cross officials that night. One of them was in critical condition as a bullet was lodged in his right hip when the terrorist attacked the Kipini bound bus.

Three of those injured were students who were going home from Malindi, Magarini and Minjila respectively for the August holidays. One of them, Daraka Lucas, 19, said he was on his way to Witu from Gongoni in Magarini sub-County and got a lift from the police vehicle escorting buses.

Speaking from his hospital bed, Lucas said the suspected al-Shabaab militants first attacked the Kipini-bound bus which was in front of them and thereafter sped off.