- A truck driver has narrated how he and his turn boy were kidnapped by al-Shabaab militants
- The truck driver said he was abducted alongside Public Works Principal Secretary Mariam El Maawy but was spared by the group they interrogated him
- The al-Shabaab militants killed five people including the PS's nephew during the abduction
A truck driver and his turn boy have narrated how they survived an al-Shabaab abduction on Thursday, July 13, in Lamu county.
The truck driver by the name Edward Karisa, said he was confronted by the militants at Milihoi, where they had abducted a Prado carrying Public Works Principal Secretary Mariam El Maamy.
At first Karisa and his turn boy Cosmas had thought the men confronting them were Kenya Defence Force (KDF) soldiers but then noticed they were not by the Muslim caps they wore.
Karisa and Cosmas they were dragged to a thicket by the militants and interrogated.
''They asked me if I was a Muslim or a Christian and if I was a Muslim then should recite the Islamic shahada,
''I said I was a Muslim by the name Hassan but could not recite the shahada as I had only converted to Islam three weeks ago,'' Karisa said.
Karisa said the militants took away Cosmas but allowed him and his truck to leave the area.
Cosmas said he managed to slip away from the militants when he noticed an open door in the al-Shabaab vehicle carrying him.
The attack on the the PS left on Thursday, left five people dead including Maawy's nephew.
The nephew had gone missing immediately after the attack only for his body to be discovered on Friday, July 14, by rescue teams.
Watch the video of the survivors speaking below.
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