Kenya’s acting Interior minister Dr. Fred Matiangi has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew in response to a barrage Al Shabaab attacks in parts of Lamu, Garissa and Tana River counties.
The 6.30pm to 6.30am curfew will be in place for 90 days and covers 15 localities which have suffered persistent attacks and may be areas harboring the militants.
This follows Saturday attacks in Lamu West that left nine people dead and one seriously injured. Many more were displaced following the attacks in which victims—mostly men—were beheaded.
It was Matiangi’s first task after being named acting interior minister to replace Joseph Nkaissery who collapsed and died at his home on Saturday morning. The cause of his death has not been established.