Police battle gunmen in Mpeketoni attack
- Inspector General David Kimaiyo stated that they were yet to be furnished with details of the situation but confirmed the attack.
- “We have run into the bushes fearing for our lives but we are more worried about our children in the boarding school in town,” said Mrs Martha Mutigi.
Explosion and gun fire rent the air since 8pm Sunday as police battled unknown attackers in Mpeketoni area of Lamu.
Mpeketoni Police Station, two hotels and a petrol station were among those attacked, witnesses told the Nation.
Military spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir on his twitter account said attackers in 2 Nissan matatus entered Mpeketoni and started shooting, adding that surveillance aircraft was already airborne.
Residents said they were fleeing the area into the nearby bushes to take cover as police continue to battle unknown attackers.
“We have run into the bushes fearing for our lives but we are more worried about our children in the boarding school in town,” said Mrs Martha Mutigi an area resident.
Inspector General David Kimaiyo stated that they were yet to be furnished with details of the situation but confirmed the attack.
“We do not have full information on the incident and we are still trying to reach our officers at the moment,” he told the Nation in a phone interview.
Residents said Breeze View Hotel and Taweel restaurant are also affected as bellowing smoke was seen around their locations.
Sporadic gun fire and explosions spreading panic among residents with the police seemingly unable to contain the situation.
When I heard of the attach from my worker George I then called our District Supt. Joshua and he told me that he had heard from our Pastor Zechariah in Mpeketoni & he and his family were able to get into the bush when the gunfire started. I then called the District Presbyter James because I knew he had family in Mpeketoni. He said the towers for cell phone were hit but he did receive word by the orange network that his family was all ok. The reports came that there were over 50 unknown people who started killing all the men and pushing the women aside as they rode into town. The last time I was in Mpeketoni I stayed at the Breeze Way hotel. This was burnt and many were shot & killed there watching the world cup. We have not heard yet if we have lost any of our members of the church. Please continue to pray for the situation in Kenya. Beckie & I appreciate you lifting us up before the Father and we both have a peace of God’s protection.
David & Beckie Smith
PO Box 34102
For tax exempt gifts send to:
David D. Smith account # 221097
1445 Boonville Ave
Without friends like you, it would not be possible to minister effectively in Kenya. To partner with us in this incredible endeavor, click BELOW for access to a secure online IRS-deductible contributions:¹
DONATE NOW: CLICK HERE
Reaching Planting Training Touching