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Top Government Officials to Have Their Security Beefed up After Latest Attacks

A file photo of CJ Martha Koome with president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Chief Justice, Ms Martha Koome, has said the police unit overseeing the protection of court officials will re-evaluate the security situation of officers, especially those working in unsafe areas.

This is after a convoy carrying a magistrate along with other court officials was attacked in Lamu County.It is alleged that the convoy was fired before a bullet was fired.

As of Thursday, security officials in Lamu and Tana River were conducting a search for the attackers believed to be al-Shabaab militants.

The incident took place at Simba Gate, near Nyongoro, on the Lamu-Witu-Garsen highway on Wednesday evening.

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Ms Koome said the judicial police unit had been instructed to re-evaluate the safety of court officials, especially in areas with security concerns, with the injured being transported to Nairobi for further treatment.

"I thank the Inspector General and his team for taking action without delay. I assure my fellow judges, court officials and other staff of their safety, ”he said in a statement.

The attack took place while separate vehicles were traveling from Lamu, Kipini and Witu towards Gamba, Minjila and Garsen, Tana River County.

Police reports say six criminals started by firing on a truck but the driver and his unit managed to escape safely without leaving their vehicle on the road.

The second vehicle attacked belonged to a road construction company, H-Young whose bullets pierced its wheels but the driver managed to drive it for more than a mile.

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