Two TUM staff members were shot dead in Msambweni, Kwale county, on Tuesday by gunmen suspected to be al Shabaab.
A police official and a witness, who spoke to Reuters and did not want to be named, said the attackers fired on vehicles carrying students to Technical University of Mombasa’s campus in Kwale.
“A bus carrying students of TUM was ferrying them from their hostels to the campus in Ukunda for classes and was being escorted by a van that had some staff of the college and two escort police officers,” the policeman said.
“Armed men numbering about 10 emerged from the bushes and started firing at the van in front. As a result, two women who are staff of TUM were killed in the van. The driver of the van and two police officers were injured.”
A witness who did not want to be named told Reuters she and several other students fled their vehicle when gunmen opened fire on them and had seen several students covered in blood.
The identity of the gunmen was unclear but al Shabaab frequently carries out attacks along the Kenya-Somali border and at the Coast. In 2015, the terrorists killed 148 students at Garissa University College.
Msambweni OCPD Joseph Chebusit said the driver and the officers were rushed to hospital.
Chebusit and Coast regional boss Larry Kieng said they launched a search for the suspects believed to be al Shabaab returnees.
They asked members of the public to give them information that could help with investigations.