Militants 'kill 15 more' in second night of Kenya attacks

Islamist militants killed at least 15 people in a second night of attacks on Kenya's coast, a day after a raid on the town of Mpeketoni left at least 50 dead, the Kenya Red Cross said.

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Kenyatta: 'Al-Shabaab not to blame' for Kenyan attacks

Two terrorist attacks on the Kenyan coast was not orchestrated by the al Shabaab terrorist network, according to the country's president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr Kenyatta said the 65 people were killed by "local political networks", dismissing claims by Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group that it was behind the assaults.

(File image) Kenyatta said the 65 people were killed by "local political networks". Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Speaking to the nation, he said:

"This was not an al Shabaab terrorist attack. Evidence indicates local political networks were involved in the planning and execution of the heinous crime.

"This also played into the opportunist network of other criminal gangs," he said.

At least 15 dead in fresh al-Shabaab attacks in Kenya

Somali-linked Islamist militants killed at least 15 people and torched houses in a second night of attacks on Kenya's coast, a day after an assault on a town left almost 50 dead.

Al-Shabaab Gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni Credit: REUTERS/Joseph Okanga

Armed al-Shabaab militants stormed the Poromoko village at night, ordered people outside and made them recite the Islamic creed, one witness told Reuters. He did not see what happened to anyone who failed.

The militant group has said it is punishing Kenya for sending troops to Somalia to confront its Islamist fighters.

Sunday's assault on the town of Mpeketoni was the worst since al-Shabaab gunmen stormed Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in September, leaving 67 dead.


Al-Shabaab: 'Our operations in Kenya will continue'

Somali-linked Islamist militants, who claimed responsibility for two nights of attacks on Kenyan coastal towns, have said they will "continue" operations in the country.

"We raided villages around Mpeketoni again last night," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, the spokesman for al Shabaab's military operations told Reuters.

The group also said it had killed as many as 20 people, mostly police, stating: "Our operations in Kenya will continue."

Al-Shabaab 'killed men as they watched World Cup'

Townspeople look at a burnt-out shop in Mpeketoni, the morning after the raid. Credit: Reuters

Mbeketoni eywitnesses say Al-Shabaab gunmen executed men in front of their families and killed others who had gathered to watch World Cup football on television.

"The attackers were so many and were all armed with guns. They entered the video hall where we were watching a World Cup match and shot indiscriminately at us," Meshack Kimani said, adding about 10 people were killed there.

"They targeted only men but I was lucky. I escaped by hiding behind the door," he said.

Al-Shabaab warns tourists visiting 'war zone' Kenya

A boy peers into a torched car in Mpeketoni, the morning after the Al-Shabaab raid. Credit: Reuters

Al-Shabaab, the Islamist terror group claiming responsibility for yesterday's killings, has issued a warning to tourists.

In a statement, the group said, "Kenya is now officially a war zone and as such any tourists visiting the country do so at their own peril."


Al-Shabaab hails Kenya attacks as 'a successful raid'

Torched vehicles on the outskirts of Mpeketoni this morning. Credit: Reuters

Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks in Kenya yesterday.

In a statement, the Somali Islamist group said, "Commandos last night carried out a successful raid on the town of Mpeketoni."

As reasons, it cited the deployment of Kenyan troops to Somalia, and what it called Kenya's extra-judicial killings of Muslim scholars - a charge Nairobi has denied.

Foreign Office warning to travelers over Al-Shabaab

The UK government warns travelers not to visit the orange areas. Credit: Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The UK Government says travelers should not go within 60km of the Kenyan border with Somalia unless absolutely necessary, because of the threat from terrorist group Al-Shabaab.

Yesterday's attack happened in Mpeketoni, just south of the popular resort of Lamu. This is not within the orange danger zone, though the Foreign Office has today updated its website to make travelers aware of the killings.

A spokeswoman at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office said the travel advice is kept under constant review.

Interior Minister says gunmen have 'crossed red line'

Torched vehicles outside the Mpeketoni police station. Credit: Reuters

The Kenyan Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku has told a press conference that the government is determined to find the perpetrators of yesterday's attacks. The Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility, according to a pro-Shabaab website.

Mr Lenku said an investigation had begun, and added:

"There is a line beyond which nobody should cross. The red line has since been crossed. Those engaging in incitement of the public will be firmly dealt with in accordance with the law."

Al-Shabaab 'claims responsibility' for Kenya attacks

A central square in the town of Mpeketoni, following yesterday's attacks. Credit: Reuters

Al-Shabaab, the Somali Islamist group with links to Al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for yesterday's attacks, according to the pro-Shabaab website Somalimemo.

It goes on to claim that the attacks were revenge for the killing of Muslim clerics.

Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 to help the UN-backed government defeat Al-Shabaab.

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