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Wednesday 20 August 2014

50 killed in al Shabab Kenyan coastal gun attack

Drazen Jorgic in Mpeketoni

Published 17/06/2014 | 02:30

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Residents of Kibaoni in Mpeketoni gather behind destroyed structures after unidentified gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni. Photo: Reuters.
Residents of Kibaoni in Mpeketoni gather behind destroyed structures after unidentified gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni. Photo: Reuters.
A man observes the remains of destroyed vehicles and buildings in the town of Mpeketoni, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the Somali border on the coast of Kenya Monday, June 16, 2014. AP Photo.
A man observes the remains of destroyed vehicles and buildings in the town of Mpeketoni, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the Somali border on the coast of Kenya Monday, June 16, 2014. AP Photo.
Residents gather to identify their relatives outside the mortuary containing slain bodies of people killed when gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya.
Residents gather to identify their relatives outside the mortuary containing slain bodies of people killed when gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya.

Somali-linked Islamists have killed at least 50 people in a Kenyan coastal town, executing men in front of their families and killing others who had gathered to watch a World Cup game on television.

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The al Shabaab group which has ties to al-Qa'ida, said yesterday that its commandos launched Sunday night's strike on Mpeketoni because Kenya had sent its forces to Somalia and accused Nairobi of assassinating Muslim scholars, a charge Kenyan officials denied.

"Kenya is now officially a war zone and as such any tourists visiting the country do so at their own peril," it said, after staging the biggest assault since its gunmen attacked Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in September, leaving 67 dead.

Western nations have tightened their warnings about travel to Kenya, which has been hit by a spate of attacks in Nairobi and the port of Mombasa.

After Westgate, al Shabaab had warned of more attacks, saying it was determined to drive out Kenyan forces battling the Islamist militants in Somalia along with other African peacekeepers. (Reuters)

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