In Summary
  • Nothing was stolen from the victims and police say that the motive of the killing is yet to be established.
  • Kwale has been listed among the counties with high numbers of youth who had been radicalised and joined Al-Shabaab.

Two people including an Imam were on Wednesday night shot dead by unknown assailants at Kilolapwa and Shamu villages in Ukunda, Kwale County, in attacks suspected to be linked to terrorism or politics.

The imam, Ali Hassan Chisuse, 58, was shot three times as he closed the door of Masjid Irshad mosque at around 8 pm, while Mwinyi Pataka, 70, was killed in his house in Shamu by assailants who got away on a motorcycle.

Mr Chisuse was the chairman of the mosque and oversaw its day to day operations. He was also the chief campaigner and mobiliser for one of the gubernatorial aspirants in the 2017 election.

ANTI-SHABAAB

The coordinated attacks happened within a span of 30 minutes, leading police to suspect they could have been carried out by the same assailants.

Msambweni OCPD Joseph Chebusit said it was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks but police have launched investigations. The gunmen fled after the shooting that stunned locals.

Nothing was stolen from the victims and police say that the motive of the killing is yet to be established.

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