Kenya – A government official said suspected al-Shabab militants set fire to an estimated eight construction vehicles and equipment 29 kilometres from Hindi Town in the coastal Kenyan county of Lamu.
Irungu Macharia, Lamu County Commissioner, said on Sunday that the trucks are part of a fleet of vehicles owned by the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), which is currently building the access road for the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor project. Macharia also confirmed that no one was injured in the incident.
He added that the areas are plagued by mobile network issues, making communication with police officers and units on the ground difficult, but he assured that attackers are being pursued and security has been beefed up.
"As far as I am aware, the attackers wreaked havoc on construction equipment. Attempting to contact my officers on the ground has been difficult, but security agencies are currently pursuing the gunmen. I will provide additional details as they become available "Macharia stated.
According to security reports, the heavily armed gunmen attacked the mini-parking constriction's lot at 4 a.m. and engaged the Kenya Defense Force before hurling gasoline bottles that ignited the majority of the equipment.