The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) confirms that late on Sunday June 15, gunmen attacked Mpeketoni Township, a farming community in Lamu County.
Mpeketoni is located approximately 54km south of Lamu Island by road.
The raiders are believed to have attacked a police station and various business premises in the area. The number of casualties is yet to be confirmed. KTB would like to extend their sincere condolences to those affected by this incident at this difficult time.
KTB is able to confirm that Mpeketoni has no international tourist facilities and is not an area frequented by international visitors. There were no tourists in the area at the time of the incident.
Lamu Island, one of Kenya's primary tourist resorts, is in no way affected by this attack and neither is any other part of the Kenya coast. The majority of visitors travelling to Lamu arrive by air into the local airport.
Kenya covers an area of approximately 582,650 square kilometres and is frequently compared to an area the size of France. All tourist activity continues as normal throughout the country with holiday-makers visiting the country for safari circuits and the popular coastal resorts of Diani, Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi and Lamu.
- Mpeketoni is a small inland town which is part of the larger Lamu County but not part of the Lamu archipelago
- It is an average of 40km inland and a 40 minute - 1 hour drive from Mokowe which is accessed by boat from Lamu Island
- The local population in Mpeketoni mainly consists of upcountry farming communities
- Mpeketoni is not a tourism destination for international tourists and there are no beach or tourist hotels in the area