The night-time attack against a British tourist couple at an elite Indian Ocean resort in northern Kenya has left village residents wondering how they will make ends meet with a ruined tourism season.
Boasting sparkling turquoise waters and pristine white sands, the Lamu archipelago on the Kenyan coast near the Somali border attracts thousands of tourists, the majority of whom are from Britain, every year.
Residents in Lamu town and on the nearby main islands mostly make their living off fishing, working in hotel resorts, ferrying tourists to and from the mainland on speedboats or dhows for diving and snorkeling expeditions.
But after gunmen killed a British man and kidnapped his wife at Kiwayu Safari Village in the Kiunga Marine National Reserve, north of Lamu, many fear their work will come to a stop.
“It will affect us. Most of us are employed in hotels... The tourists will not... The hotels will close,” said a man who gave his name as Dash, a maize farmer in Mkokoni village, five kilometers away from Kiwayu. “If there is no business, there is no income.”
Many questions still remain unanswered over the attack - how the gunmen managed to enter the resort unhindered, how they knew there was only one couple staying at the high-end resort and how they managed to shoot the man, grab his wife and whisk her away on a speedboat.
At the resort island, lined with palm-roofed huts sectioned off with plants, the only indication something had happened came from the yellow police tape separating the huts from the shore. Some local security men, refused to let journalists enter the area.
They were treating the raid as banditry for now and could not say for sure whether the gunmen had come from nearly Somalia, Kenyan police said.
The islands have had trouble with Somali bandits in the past. Gerald Johnson, the owner of the Kiwayu Safari Village between 1984-1995, said that in the 1960s Somali bandits attacked some islands, forcing villagers to evacuate.
“Historically there's been a lot of trouble with Somalis because they're a wild bunch.”