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Somalia: cutting through the sinews of war
01-09-2014

Militants throw grenades at Mandera Central AP camp, police repulse them
01-09-2014

Somalia forces foil Shabab attack on high security prison
01-09-2014

UN, govt. issue fresh drought warnings in Somalia
01-09-2014

Kenya:Church told us to profile Muslims - estate agent
01-09-2014

EU, UN and IGAD Envoys to Somalia:Welcome reconciliation progress in Kismayo
01-09-2014

Somali warlord agrees to talks, boosts government peace efforts
01-09-2014

Somali National Army and AMISOM Forces liberate Bulo Marer in Lower Shabelle
31-08-2014

African troops in fresh offensive against militants in Somalia: army
31-08-2014

Somalia sentences Islamist killers of journalist to death
31-08-2014

Red Cross: 34 die in militant attack on Kenya town
Somali militants wielding automatic weapons attacked a small Kenyan coastal town, assaulting the police station, setting two hotels on fire, and spraying bullets into the street. At least 34 people were killed, officials said Monday.

Kenya’s top police commander, David Kimaiyo, also said that the gunmen attacked a bank. The assault came late Sunday night as town residents were watching World Cup matches on TV. Authorities blamed al-Shabab, Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked terror group.

The attack occurred in the town of Mpeketoni, which is about 30 miles (20 kilometres) southwest of the tourist centre of Lamu. Any tourism in Mpeketoni is mostly local, with few foreigners visiting the region. The town is about 60 miles (100 kilometres) from the Somali border.

Kenya has experienced a wave of gunfire and explosive attacks in recent months. The U.S., U.K., France, Australia, and Canada have all recently upgraded their terror threat warnings for the country. U.S. Marines behind sandbag bunkers are now stationed on the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.

The Red Cross, which said it had personnel on the ground, put the death toll at 34. Kimaiyo had earlier said it was 27 but that it could rise.

The Interior Ministry said that at about 8 p.m. Sunday two minivans entered the town. Militants disembarked and began shooting. Kenya’s National Disaster Operations Center said military surveillance planes were launched shortly afterward.

The nearby town of Lamu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the country’s oldest continually inhabited town. The region saw a spate of kidnappings of foreign tourists in 2011 that Kenya said was part of its motivation for attacking Somalia. Since those attacks and subsequent terror warnings tourism has dropped off sharply around Lamu.

Al-Shabab has vowed to carry out terror attacks to avenge the Kenyan military presence in Somali. At least 67 people were killed in September when four al-Shabab gunmen attacked an upscale mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Kenya sent it troops to Somalia in October 2011.
Primary content on this page
Somalia: cutting through the sinews of war
01-09-2014

Militants throw grenades at Mandera Central AP camp, police repulse them
01-09-2014

Somalia forces foil Shabab attack on high security prison
01-09-2014

UN, govt. issue fresh drought warnings in Somalia
01-09-2014

Kenya:Church told us to profile Muslims - estate agent
01-09-2014

EU, UN and IGAD Envoys to Somalia:Welcome reconciliation progress in Kismayo
01-09-2014

Somali warlord agrees to talks, boosts government peace efforts
01-09-2014

Somali National Army and AMISOM Forces liberate Bulo Marer in Lower Shabelle
31-08-2014

African troops in fresh offensive against militants in Somalia: army
31-08-2014

Somalia sentences Islamist killers of journalist to death
31-08-2014



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