Kenya Imposes Curfew After Nine People Beheaded at Coast

  • Three Kenyan counties described as ‘dangerous and disturbed’
  • Curfew imposed in Lamu, Garissa and Tana River after attack

Kenya’s internal-security ministry imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in three districts it described as “dangerous and disturbed,” after violence including the beheading of nine people by suspected Islamist militants.

The curfew was imposed in the eastern counties of Lamu, Garissa and Tana River, acting Interior Secretary Fred Matiang’i said in a statement posted on the ministry’s Twitter account. Sixteen areas within the counties have been designated as dangerous, he said in a separate statement.

Fred Matiang’i

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On July 7, attackers suspected to be members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group attacked a village in Lamu and decapitated nine people, the Nairobi-based Standard newspaper reported on Saturday. An unspecified number of other people are missing after the raid, it said. Last week, four police officers were killed in the coastal county, the paper said.

The three counties under curfew are close to the border with Somalia, where al-Shabaab has waged an insurgency against the government since 2006. Six years ago, Kenyan soldiers invaded southern Somalia to combat the militants, who had attacked aid workers and tourists in Kenya. The Kenyan troops now form part of a multinational force fighting the Islamists.

The curfew was imposed by Matiang’i hours after he was appointed as acting secretary to replace Joseph Ole Nkaissery, who died suddenly on Saturday, a month before the country is scheduled to hold presidential and other elections.

Al-Shabaab, which is trying try to impose its version of Islamic law in Somalia, has killed hundreds of civilians in Kenya, including in at least 67 people in a 2013 attack on a shopping mall in the capital.

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