Gunmen burn eight Lapsset road construction vehicles in Lamu

Police had reported seeing unusual activities on the road and anticipated an attack

At least eight trucks were burnt down when gunmen believed to be al-shabaab militants attacked a Chinese Construction Company parking lot on Baragoni – Bodhei Road, Lamu County.

Officials said the gang fired and detonated explosives at the lot Sunday morning setting the lorries on fire.

The trucks are among those constructing the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport road.

The LAPSSET Corridor Program is Eastern Africa’s largest and most ambitious infrastructure project bringing together Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan

The gang escaped soon after the incident was reported.

The incident came a day after security agencies operating in the area said they were on high alert following reports the terrorists in Lamu were targeting the Lapset port and road.

This indicated the security agencies had intelligence the gang planned to attack the facilities but did not know where.

The Chinese company is constructing the road that will lead to Garissa, Isiolo and later to Ethiopia and South Sudan.

Local police officials said they had deployed more personnel to pursue the gang operating in the expansive Boni Forest while attacking government vehicles.

Lamu head of security Irungu Macharia said no injury was reported and that they were pursuing the gang.

The area is among those under the dusk to dawn to dusk curfew. And that explains why the attackers targeted the vehicles daytime.

The government has blamed ethnic profiling that is linked to political inclinations around elections, the looming voter registration drive and land disputes as the primary causes of the latest attacks and displacements in Lamu.

A team of detectives has been sent there to back up with locals to help in the operation.

There are fears they are planning an attack on security agencies and civilians. This has prompted operations spanning from Mandera, Wajir, Lamu and parts of Kilifi Counties.

The area is near the Kenya-Somalia border which has been under attack by terrorists in the past.

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