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.


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.

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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