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Kenya arrests governor after coastal attacks: police

Published on Jun 26, 2014 2:32 PM
 
Kenya police officers patrol along the beaches of the Indian Ocean in the coastal town of Lamu, June 19, 2014. Kenyan police have arrested the governor of the coastal Lamu district in connection with three recent massacres in which over 60 people were killed, officers said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan police have arrested the governor of the coastal Lamu district in connection with three recent massacres in which over 60 people were killed, officers said on Thursday.

Governor Issa Timamy was arrested late on Wednesday in connection with killings last week over two consecutive nights in the town of Mpeketoni and a nearby village that claimed nearly 60 lives.

Another attack this week left at least five dead, officials said.

“The governor is in custody,” Kenya’s Criminal Investigations Department chief Ndegwa Muhoro said, adding he was due in court on Thursday.

 
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