Three people have been beheaded and several homes set ablaze by al-Shabaab militants in Kenya, said reports. File picture: AFP

Johannesburg – Three people have been beheaded and several homes set ablaze by al-Shabaab militants in Maleli village, Lamu County, in Kenya, according to a report.
 
The BBC reported that Thursday’s night attack was confirmed by Lamu County chief Gilber Kitiyo who added that police had been dispatched to the area to assess the situation.
 
The attack follows a series of other related incidents in the region where militants have raided villages and attacked people.

On July 13, militants briefly held a Kenyan government official hostage before she was rescued by security officers. Three people were killed in the incident.

Earlier, on July 8, nine people were beheaded in a village by the militants, while on July 5, a police post was attacked and a communication mast destroyed by Islamist extremists.

The previous month, on June 27,  four pupils and four policemen were killed in an roadside bomb attack.
 
The Kenyan government has been conducting an intensive military operation in the region, including using airstrikes against the militants' bases in Boni forest, which stretches across to neighbouring Somalia, where the Islamist militants are mostly based.

African News Agency