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Nine people killed in new wave of attacks in Kenya

Published 17/06/2014 | 08:51

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Residents of Kibaoni in Mpeketoni gather behind destroyed structures after unidentified gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, June 16, 2014. At least 48 people were killed and others wounded when more than two dozen unidentified gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town overnight, police and the Kenya Red Cross said on Monday. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga (KENYA - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)
Residents of Kibaoni in Mpeketoni gather behind destroyed structures after unidentified gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni

Nine people have been killed by extremists in the coastal area of Kenya where a swarm of attackers carried out a massacre on Sunday night, a police official said.

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Police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi said that al-Shabab militants attacked Majembeni village overnight.

The Somali militant group also claimed responsibility for the attack in nearby Mpeketoni on Sunday in which 48 people were killed.

Al-Shabab said the first attack was in revenge for killings by Kenyan forces inside Somalia. The extremist group warned foreign tourists to stay out of Kenya.

The back-to-back attacks highlight the weak security around the Lamu area, which lies just south of the Somalia border.

Lamu once attracted hordes of foreign visitors but its tourist sector has suffered in recent years because of increasing violence.

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