Al-Shabaab hijacks vehicle with 6 people in Lamu, takes top govt official hostage

Milihoi - Al-Shabaab militants have hijacked a Prado with six occupants at Milihoi along the Mpeketoni-Lamu road in Lamu County.

Unconfirmed reports say one of the occupants of the vehicle was a top government official who was heading to Witu to visit displaced families.

Coast Administration Police boss James Akoru confirmed the incident, saying it occurred at 3pm.

"We have received the information just now. We do not know who are the occupants and how many they are. Our officers are following up," Mr Akoru told the Nation on phone. 

The official had attended a meeting on Lamu Port (LAPSSET) at Huduma centre in Lamu town before heading to Witu.

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