At least three people are killed in possible terrorist attack on bus in Kenya
Affected Countries: kenya;
The bus, en route to Kenya’s second-largest city of Mombasa from the town of Lamu, was reportedly attacked by a group of militants, who appeared from the forest and tried to stop the bus. When the driver refused to slow down, unknown assailants fired at the vehicle, according to the media outlet.
At least three people were killed and three others were injured in an alleged terrorist attack on a bus carrying more than 40 passengers in Kenya, media reported on Thursday, citing local police.
“I can confirm that three people have died after suspected militants fired at the bus they were in. Three other people are seriously injured. We shall provide more information once investigations are done”, Lamu county commissioner Irungu Macharia was quoted as saying by The Star newspaper.
The media outlet added, citing the transportation company, that there were a total of 44 people on the bus, including the diver. The victims were taken to a hospital, the rest were evacuated.
According to police, the death toll may increase. Traffic has been suspended until the investigation was complete.
No group has claimed responsibility yet, but attacks like this are typical of the Somali-based al-Shabaab militants, affiliated to al-Qaeda that have conducted numerous attacks against non-Muslims near the Kenyan-Somalian border. One of the worst attacks took place in November 2014, when al-Shabaab killed 28 Kenyan teachers after hijacking a bus travelling through Mandera Сounty.