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Suspected Al-Shabaab Militants Behead Kenyan Driver

Suspected Al-Shabaab Militants Behead Kenyan Driver
Kenyan police observe the remains of burnt-out cars from an al-Shabaab attack at a police station in Mpeketoni, Lamu county, Kenya on June 16. Al-Shabaab is suspected of murdering a Christian man in Lamu Saturday. (Getty Images)

Saturday, 23 August 2014 07:01 AM

A group of suspected al-Shabaab Islamist terrorists have beheaded a Kenyan driver after kidnapping a group of traders on Kenyan soil near the resort island of Lamu, police said Saturday.

The militants kidnapped the traders on Wednesday and took them to the dense Boni forest area in Lamu county. They then released three of the hostages who were Muslims, but beheaded a Christian.

Local police said the body of the victim was found in the forest on Friday. According to police, the survivors said the attackers were well armed and had identified themselves as al-Shabaab members on a mission to fight security forces inside Kenya.

Somalia's al-Shabaab rebels have vowed to step up attacks on Kenyan soil in retaliation for Kenya's military presence in Somalia as part of the African Union force supporting the country's fragile government.

Lamu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been hit by several attacks since mid-June which have left scores dead.

The attacks have fueled divisions on the coast, a region where radical Islam, ethnic tensions and land disputes are an explosive cocktail.

© AFP 2018

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