‘Islamists’ Attack Kenyan Coastal Town

At least 47 people have died after suspected Islamist militants attacked hotels and a police station in a Kenyan coastal town, officials say.

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Witnesses in Mpeketoni said gun battles went on for several hours and reported seeing buildings set on fire.

The town is close to Lamu island, which is a well-known tourist resort.

Kenya has suffered a number of militant attacks since 2011 when its forces entered neighbouring Somalia to combat al-Shabab fighters.

The attack started at 20:30 local time (17:30 GMT) on Sunday as locals were watching a football World Cup match on television.

Local residents said that the attackers had hijacked a van and used it to attack various locations across the town.

Witnesses said gunmen, who had their faces covered, threw explosives into the local police station before entering and stealing several weapons.

Al-Shabab attack?

Local police chief Hamaton Mwaliko told Reuters that the gunmen set several hotels on fire after raiding the police station.

“We understand the attackers have already fled but our officers are pursuing them,” Mr Mwaliko added.

It is unclear who the gunmen are but Kenyan army spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir said the “assailants [are] likely to be al-Shabab.”

He said surveillance aircraft had been dispatched to the region to help with the security operation.

Bozo Jenje, a journalist in Mombasa, said that residents had reported seeing bodies scattered across roads in the town.

He said Mpeketoni was a mainly Christian community.

Source: BBC

3 thoughts on “‘Islamists’ Attack Kenyan Coastal Town

  1. Stop killing innocent people for the sake of meaningless ideologies that does not add. Give chance for people who wants to live. No one is allowed to kill in name of God.

    1. Who is allowed to kill in the name of democracy and peace? AMISOM? Are Somalis not innocent? or because they are muslims none cares?

      1. No one can not justify to kill people in the name of democracy, peace or any religion. However if people are killed in battle ground is another case. Most extremist group have declared against who they believe is their name. However a few self minded people take one side and they recruit and brain young vulnerable people to fight holy wars. Of course people they care but will never sympathise with anyone who has intention of killing innocent people. We might disagree but I believe any human being deserves to live peacefully.

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