Gunmen burn eight Lapsset road construction vehicles in Lamu

Published: January 23, 2022

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.

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