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Al-shabab behead Abducted Kenyan driver

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Al -Shabab organization on Friday beheaded a Kenyan driver, who was kidnapped at Kiunga near the border with Somalia in the coastal town of Lamu.

The body of George Mwita was recovered during a rescue operation carried out by Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) soldiers and police within the vast Boni forest, where they were hiding, Xinhua reported.

Lamu County Commissioner Njenga Miiri confirmed that the attackers tied Mwita’s hands before slitting his throat. He said the operation that started Thursday had been delayed by heavy rainfall and terrains in the area.

“It’s unfortunate that our personnel were unable to rescue him, but we are still hunting them down,” Miiri said.

The police said the deceased’s three colleagues, all Muslims, were released unhurt Wednesday.

“Mwita’s body was recovered during a joint military and police officers’ operation deployed to hunt down the gunmen,” Miiri said.

The official said the heavily armed attackers numbering more than 20 managed to escape to Somalia.

The four had driven to Somalia through the Kiunga border and dropped miraa or a plant with an amphetamine-like stimulant and were driving back to Garissa in northern Kenya when they were ambushed.

The gunmen took away two vehicles that were used to deliver the consignment of miraa from Garrissa to Ras Kiamboni area in Lamu East.

Detectives said one of the drivers released, identified as Amuar Abdi, said the attackers were all Somalis and were in military jungle uniform.

Source: The New Indian Express