Kenya: Shabaab claim new attack, at least 10 dead

2014-06-17 09:23
A Somali Islamist insurgent takes position in a street of the Tarbunka area of Mogadishu. Shabaab insurgents are responsible for the killing of thousands of Somali civilians. (AFP, File picture)

A Somali Islamist insurgent takes position in a street of the Tarbunka area of Mogadishu. Shabaab insurgents are responsible for the killing of thousands of Somali civilians. (AFP, File picture)

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Nairobi - At least 10 people have been killed in a new overnight attack near Kenya's coast, police said Tuesday, with Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels claiming responsibility.

Police said gunmen, apparently part of the same group that massacred close to 50 people in the town of Mpeketoni overnight on Sunday, attacked a village in the same region overnight on Monday and left 10 dead.

"We carried out another attack last night. We killed 20 people, mainly police and Kenyan wildlife wardens. The commandos have been going to several places looking for military personnel," Shabaab’s military spokesperson, Abdulaziz Abu Musab, told AFP by telephone.

"The commandos have fulfilled their duties and returned peacefully to their base," he added, without saying if the attackers were still in Kenya or had driven back across the Somali border, around 100km north.

Kenyan police spokesperson Zipporah Mboroki confirmed an attack had occurred overnight, although local police and a county official said there were at least 10 dead.

"Our officers are trying to access the scene and the details are sketchy," she said.

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