Kenya beefs up security in Lamu

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Addis Ababa, 14 July 2014 (WIC) - Kenyan has strengthened security in the troubled Lamu County after unknown gunmen again raided Pandanguo village in Witu and terrorized residents on Saturday night.

According to police, the gang broke several doors and harvested farm produce in the vast Boni forest in the coastal region.

The other gang hijacked a lorry that was ferrying food within Hindi area and stole all the goods.

County Commissioner Miiri Njenga confirmed the latest attacks by gunmen on Sunday and blamed for massive killings of over 60 people and displaced of hundreds in June.

He confirmed that heavily armed gunmen terrorized residents for several hours before setting houses ablaze, a school as well as vandalizing a local dispensary where they made away with medical supplies.

"We have reports that the gunmen fired in the air to scare residents before they invaded the famous Jima farm and harvested farm produce and escaped into the forest.

We are pursuing them," Njenga told Xinhua on Sunday.

Njenga denied claims that the security agencies have been overwhelmed by the attackers who continue to stage more attacks.

He said the government has deployed an elite special force to Boni Forest to flush out heavily armed militia who were believed to be behind a series of attacks in Lamu county.

"The armed forces are combing the dense Boni forest where heavily armed assailants are believed to be hiding," Njenga said.  (Xinhua)