Kenyan police spokesman Charles Owino said unknown robbers attacked six Italians who were taking dinner at a verandah of their villa in preparation to depart for Italy after their two-week stay in Watamu, in the coastal town of Malindi.

Kenyan police
Kenyan police

“The victims are members of an Italian NGO which has been supporting an orphanage that supports disabled children in Watamu for the last nine years,” Owino said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

“In the attack, one young lady was fatally shot by the robbers and lost her life while two others were injured,” said the spokesman.

He said following the attack, Inspector General of Police Service Joseph Boinett sent a team of investigators and forensic experts to the scene.

“Our investigators have made a breakthrough in establishing the identity of the mastermind of this heinous act. We have his name and other details identifying him with us,” Owino said.

“We have arrested three persons who are helping with investigations. This is an act that amounts to economic sabotage as tourism forms the backbone of our economy and cannot be tolerated at all costs,” he added.

Owino assured Kenyans that all machineries and expertise have been put in place to protect citizens and visitors, especially during the coming Christmas festivities.

“We want to assure everyone that these attacks are rare and this is an isolated case,” Owino added, noting that security forces are under firm instruction to be alert.

Kenya’s coastal towns are the backbone of the country’s thriving tourism industry, which has been hit by the fear of terror attacks by Al-Shabaab from resorts near the border with Somalia. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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