Four people acquitted in Kenya over 2014 Lamu attacks

A Kenyan court on Wednesday acquitted four people who were charged with involvement in deadly attacks in the coastal region of Lamu in 2014.

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The prosecution failed to prove that Mahadi Swaleh and Dyana Suleiman were involved in the attacks in Mpeketoni, a small town in Lamu, that killed more than 60 people.

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Suleiman was accused of transporting attackers from the seaside city of Mombasa to Lamu using two minibuses, but he claimed the vehicles were hijacked by Islamist group Al-Shabaab to carry out the attack.

Swaleh was accused of involvement in the “eviction of non-locals with Al-Shabaab”.

Somalia-based Al-Shabaab, which has staged a series of deadly attacks in Kenya, says it is responsible for the Mpeketoni gun attacks in June 2014.

Another two people charged over an attack in 2014 in a trading center of Hindi in Lamu were also acquitted for lack of evidence.

The Hindi attack left nine people killed, according to the government. Al-Shabaab said it carried out the attack, however the Kenyan government claims it was the work of political rivals.

The four were freed following the court ruling. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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