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Armed men suspected to be Al Shabaab militants are reported to have abducted six government officials at Milihoi, Lamu County on Thursday. Among those abducted is Public Works PS Mariam El-Maawy.

The PS and her entourage were hijacked on Lamu-Mpeketoni highway after attending a Lapsset event. She was in the area for a consultation meeting with stakeholders.

She was, however, rescued a few hours later by elite KDF and GSU officers who were patrolling the area. El-Maawy was said to have been “slightly injured and in shock” by the time she was rescued by the officers.

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Coast Administration Police boss, James Akoru, had confirmed the incident. He said it occurred at around 3:00 pm and that more GSU officers had been dispatched to the scene.

“We are yet to receive proper information about the incident but the reports we have is that a vehicle has been hijacked,” said Mr Akoru.

He added that the vehicle had a top government official who was heading to Witu to visit displaced families. The official had attended a meeting on Lamu Port (LAPSSET) at Huduma centre in Lamu town before heading to Witu.

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