Attack on coastal town in Kenya kills at least 48

by Freya Findlay

At least 48 people were killed in an attack on the Kenyan coastal town of Mpeketoni yesterday evening in the country’s bloodiest attack since the Westgate mall siege in Nairobi.

Authorities in Kenya are reportedly blaming Islamic group al-Shabaab, who have previously threatened to carry out terror attacks to avenge Kenya’s military presence in Somalia.  An investigation is now underway to determine whether militants or a criminal gang carried out the attack.

The assault began at 8pm local time as people were watching a World Cup football match and carried on until early Monday morning. There was reportedly little resistance from Kenyan security forces.

Militants shot at people in the street as well as targeting the police station and setting two hotels on fire.

At one of the hotels, the gunmen reportedly pulled the men aside and ordered the women to watch as they killed them, saying it was what Kenyan troops are doing to Somali men in Somalia, an anonymous police officer told Associated Press.

Kenya has had a wave of gunfire and explosive attacks in recent months prompting the US, UK, France, Australia and Canada to upgrade their terror threat warnings for the country.

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