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5 People feared dead on the Chakama Al-Shabaab attack

10 People are feared dead after a gang ambushed a Chakama village in Magarini constituency. The gang which locals claim to be of Cushitic Origin injured and killed several in the area according to the local administration.


The gang has allegedly claimed some cash for the release of some hostages. One of the hostages is an Italian lady who worked in an NGO as a volunteer in the area.


An Italian woman has been kidnapped by gunmen during an attack on the south-eastern coastal town of Chakama in Kenya, and five other women and young men have been shot.


Police said a "gang... abducted an Italian lady aged 23 years who is a volunteer of Africa Milele Onlus, an NGO operating in the area", in a statement posted on Twitter.


A witness said the gunmen were initially demanding money from terrified residents but took the Italian volunteer, who has not been named, with them when they left. It is the first kidnapping of a European citizen in Kenya for a number of years.


Locals claim that the gang had an Arabic slogan which most of the eyewitnesses did not understand. The majority said it looks like al-Shabaab as the area once suffered another version of the same called "Shiftas".
Magarini MP Michael Kingi visit the affected families. PHOTO | BANA
Magarini MP Michael Kingi visit the affected families. PHOTO | BANA
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