Al-Shabaab gunmen have killed three people and injured a top government official in Milihoi along Mpeketoni-Lamu road at the Kenyan coast.
In a daring attack, the militia took control of the vehicle with six occupants and sped off.
However, on realising the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) were pursuing them, the militia killed the three occupants and left Public Works Principal Secretary Mariamu El Maawy injured.
Ms El Maawy, who was shot in the shoulder and leg, was taken to Mpeketoni Hospital after she was rescued by KDF and police General Service Unit personnel.
Ms El Maawy was heading to Witu to visit displaced families.
The official had attended a meeting on Lamu Port (LAPSSET) at Huduma centre in Lamu town before heading to Witu.
In a related incident, a turnboy of a lorry heading to Lamu has been abducted at the same place (Milihoi).
But the militants allowed the driver of the lorry to proceed.
Refused to speak
Police intercepted the lorry at Ndeu road block in Hindi and the driver was being questioned.
The attacks occurred as Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa addressed a meeting at Mpeketoni.
Mr Marwa and other top government officials refused to speak to the media on the incident and instead rushed to Mpeketoni Hospital.
Coast Administration Police boss James Akoru had earlier confirmed the incident, saying it occurred at 3pm (+3GMT).