Kenya Army Parades 11 Al Shabaab Terrorists Killed in Lamu for Public Viewing
The 11 bodies of al Shabaab militants killed by the KDF were paraded for viewing in Lamu on Monday.
Officers deployed to the area stopped residents from kicking and hurling stones at the bodies of the terrorists killed at Baure area on Sunday morning.
"I can't believe these guys are here (sic). Even in death, I hate them so much. If they could feel my pain, I would have struck them with stones but I know it will not help," said resident Sam Kieni.
"I know if the police were not here, people would have done damage to these fools. They are fools even in death."
The bodies of the two white terrorists and nine Somalis had been kept at the Mpeketoni sub-district hospital mortuary.
The terrorists were killed in a foiled attack on a Kenya Defense Forces camp at Baure, 39 kilometers from the Bargoni military base in Lamu East.
Two KDF soldiers were killed in the attack by the group linked to al Qaeda.
The Anti-Terrorism Police Unit and other experts are carrying out fingerprint analysis and DNA tests to establish their identity, said Lamu County AP Commander and regional police spokesperson Chrispus Mutali.
Mutali said DNA samples had been sent to Nairobi to expedite the identification process.
Key al Shabaab commander Lukeman Osman, who led the June and July attacks in Mpeketoni, was among those killed.
"We have identified the chief leader for the Coast region as Lukeman Osman aka Shirwa, who was killed by KDF. His two deputies, Said Hamasa and Thomas Evans, were also killed," he said.
Mutali said the three led the invasion on the Baure military camp on Sunday.
Hamasa was a businessman who owned a fleet of matatus in Mombasa before joining the terror group, he said.
British national Thomas Evans joined the group at 19 years and changed his name to Abdul Hakim.
Mutali said the identity of the second caucasian terrorist had not yet been established.
The AP commander said two al Shabaab groups had planned fresh attacks in Lamu, including Mpeketoni and the Baure camp.
The group that raided the camp was made up of more than 50 militants, while about 30 raided Mangai village, he said.
Mutali said security had been beefed up in an operation reaching Garissa, Wajir, Mangai and Ishakani in Lamu East, amid a search for attackers who escaped.