"The attacks came a day after Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) destroyed militant camps in Boni forest."
Nairobi, July 19 - At least seven people were killed after unidentified gunmen hijacked a passenger bus in Kenya's coastal town of Witu, a government official said Saturday.

The official said that the attack on the bus took place along the Lamu-Malindi highway near Witu, Xinhua reported.

Police officers who were on patrol and rushed to the scene of the crime were ambushed by heavily armed militia and a gunfight ensued.

The victims were all passengers on board the bus.

The attacks came a day after Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) destroyed militant camps in Boni forest.

The police have blamed a series of killings on the secessionist group, the Mombasa Republican Council, which claims that the coastal people's rights to land and property ownership have been violated.


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