Attackers Steal Guns, Torch Property at Kenyan Coastal Village

Gunmen in Kenya stole six rifles from police reservists, torched buildings and looted shops in the latest attack in the country’s eastern coastal region, police spokeswoman Zipporah Mboroki said.

The assailants “disappeared” after stealing medicine and corn meal from stores and burning down two houses and part of a school late yesterday in Pandaguo, Mboroki said by phone.

In June, five people were killed when unidentified gunmen raided Witu village, the week after 60 people died in attacks in nearby communities including Mpeketoni. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the Mpeketoni attack, while Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta blamed “local political networks.”

Lamu Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage site and the government is building the country’s second international port in the area.

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