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Somali militants al Shabaab - the Islamist group behind the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi - has claimed responsibility for Saturday night's raids on the Kenyan coast that have left at least 29 people dead.
The group said that it had broken into the police station at Gamba and freed suspects from the cells.
Their claim was supported by a Kenyan police source who said the group freed Muslim detainees, including some linked to the Mpeketoni two weeks ago that killed 65 people.
"There were two attacks in Lamu and Tana River last night. In Lamu we have nine people dead and in Tana River we have 20. The number could rise," ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka said.
"They went around shooting at people and villages indiscriminately," Abdallah Shahasi, the area chief said.
The death toll in two separate attacks on the Kenyan coast overnight has risen to 29, according to the interior ministry.
At least 13 people were killed when attackers wielding guns raided two separate areas on the Kenyan coast overnight, the Kenyan Red Cross said.
Four people lost their lives at Hindi trading centre in Lamu county, near the scene of attacks in which 65 people were killed last month, the Red Cross said on Twitter.
Nine more people were killed in another attack in the Gamba area of Tana River county.