Al Shabaab abduct, shoot PS Mariam Maawy

The Public Works PS had just left Lamu town and was headed to Witu before the militias ambushed her vehicle.

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Al Shabaab militants. /COURTESY

Two people have been confirmed dead in an incident where suspected al Shabaab militias ambushed them at Milihoi area on the Lamu-Mpeketoni highway.

The two met their deaths when the militias who are currently being smoked out of the nearby Boni forest by security forces, hijacked an SUV carrying Housing and Public Works PS Mariam Maawy and a lorry at around 3pm on Thursday, July 13, before driving it into the Boni Forest.

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Public Works Principal Secretary outside Huduma Centre in Lamu Island moment after addressing a LAPSSET public participation meeting. She later left for Witu to meet regional Cordinator Nelson Marwa and Victims of Alshabaab attacks only to be abducted at 3pm July 13, 2017. PHOTO: ALPHONCE GARI/THE STAR

The PS together with four other occupants of the Pajero were rescued by KDF soldiers who were patrolling the area.

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The Star quoted a police who spoke on condition of anonymity, that one occupant in the Pajero was torched inside the car shortly before they were taken hostage.

The second victim who was reportedly travelling in the lorry was held hostage briefly before also being killed.

The lorry driver is said to have been released later and allowed to proceed, before reporting the matter at the Ndeu police post.

According to an eye witness account, the militias numbered more than 30.

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The PS was rushed to the Mpeketoni Subcounty Hospital for treatment after suffering slight injuries and shock, the paper reports.

NTV reported that she suffered injuries after being shot in the shoulder and leg and was airlifted to Nairobi for further treatment.

“There was a body burnt inside the Pajero, while another lay on the road. Maawy was rescued by the KDF and airlifted to Mpeketoni hospital,” the unidentified officer said.

Two Toyota Probox were also reportedly hijacked but were later released.

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Maawy had spent the day in Lamu where she held a meeting with Lapsset stakeholders in the town before leaving for Witu to visit families displaced in the recent al Shabaab attacks where nine residents lost their lives.

She was scheduled to attend a security meeting that was to be presided over by Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa.

The venue of the security briefing, sources have it, has since been changed following the incident, and will now take place in Manda.