Six killed in attack on non-Muslims in Kenya by Islamic extremists
Published 06/10/2016 | 12:31
Suspected Islamic extremists have killed six people in an attack in northern Kenya, near the border with Somalia.
Ali Roba, the governor of Kenya's Mandera County, said t he gunmen attacked a residential plot near the Bulla area early on Thursday.
The militants were targeting 33 non-Muslims in a residential block but a quick response by security forces saved other lives, Mr Roba said.
Kenya has experienced a wave of attacks from the Somali-based rebels of al-Shabab, who are allied to al-Qaida. Al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops to Somalia since 2011 to fight the militants who are waging an insurgency against Somalia's western-backed government.
Mandera County and Garissa County, which border Somalia, have been targeted by al-Shabab. The worst attack was in April 2015 when al-Shabab gunmen killed 148 - most of them students - at Garissa University.
Suspected al-Shabab gunmen killed at least six people when they shot at two buses traveling in Mandera County in July.
And Al-Shabab militants hijacked a bus travelling through Mandera County on November 22, 2014, killing 28 non-Muslims on board. In December 2014, they killed 36 quarry workers in Mandera town.