In Summary
  • One of those buried is a teacher at Bobo Primary School, Mr Joseph Kimani.
  • The four were dragged by the militants from their houses and beheaded as their wives and children watched.
  • Lamu County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo assured the residents of their security.

A sombre mood engulfed Bobo and Uziwa villages in Lamu West on Tuesday evening as the four men butchered by suspected Al-Shabaab militants at Silini-Mashambani and Bobo in Hindi Division a week ago were laid to rest.

One of those buried is a teacher at Bobo Primary School, Mr Joseph Kimani, who was also beheaded when a gang of about 30 heavily armed suspected militants raided Bobo Village at around 1.30am that fateful night of Wednesday September 6.

He was buried alongside three others, Mr Gerald Wagunyi Wanjahi, Mr Samuel Ngushu Ndung’u and Mr Hilary Kiara.

The four were dragged by the militants from their houses and beheaded as their wives and children watched.

The militants also torched several houses in the village before disappearing into the dense Boni Forest.

HEAVY SECURITY

The funerals of the four were conducted under heavy security presence from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and regular police.

Various political leaders including Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha and Lamu security bosses attended the burial.

The burial ceremonies were hastily conducted before mourners were dispersed and ordered to go back to their homes due to the ongoing security operation being conducted in the area which is part of the areas covered by the ongoing multi-agency security Operation Linda Boni which is meant to flush out Al-Shabaab believed to be hiding inside Boni Forest.

Addressing hundreds of mourners during the burial at Bobo, Governor Twaha called on the national government to improve security all around the county in order to avert such deaths in the hands of Al-Shabaab.

Locals showing the scene where a Bobo Primary School teacher Joseph Kimani was killed by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Bobo Village, Lamu, on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. PHOTO | KALUME KAZUNGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Locals showing the scene where a Bobo Primary School teacher Joseph Kimani was killed by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Bobo Village, Lamu, on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. PHOTO | KALUME KAZUNGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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