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At least 36 shot dead in suspected al-Shabaab attack in Kenya

Mandera County is outlines in read on the border between Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Credit: Google Maps

At least 36 quarry workers have been killed in northern Kenya in a suspected attack by al-Shabaab militants, police said.

The workers were ambushed by gunmen in Mandera County, near the border with Somalia.

Police sources claimed non-Muslims were singled out and some were shot, while others were decapitated.

No group has yet claimed responsibility but the attack.

Some 28 people were killed in the area last month when al-Shabaab militants hijacked a Nairobi-bound bus.

Pentagon confirms Al-Shabaab co-founder killed in US air strike

The Pentagon has confirmed that the co-founder of Al-Shabaab Ahmed Godane was killed in a US air strike in Somalia.

Officials called it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al Qaeda-affiliated organisation.

"We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of al-Shabaab, has been killed," Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement.

Al-Shabaab leader targeted in US air strike in Somalia

A leader of Somalia's al Qaeda-linked militants Ahmed Abdi Godane was the target of an US air strike in Somalia, an US official said.

It is not clear whether the Al-Shabaab leader was hit in the strike, the official added.

Six militants were killed in the attack on two vehicles that were heading toward the coastal town of Barawe, Al-Shabab's main base.

Since taking charge in 2008, Godane has restyled the group as a global al Qaeda player - a transformation that was highlighted when it killed at least 67 people in an attack on a Kenyan shopping mall last September.

US air strike hits Al-Shabaab 'meeting area' in Somalia

An US airstrike hit an area where leaders of Somalia's al Qaeda-linked militants were meeting, intelligence sources told Reuters.

The strike prompted rumours among Somali government officials that it had targeted al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane and other leaders who were suspected to have been at the location, but there was no confirmation they were hit.

Somali government soldiers patrol in Mogadishu. Credit: Reuters

Since taking charge in 2008, Godane has restyled the group as a global al Qaeda player - a transformation that was highlighted when it killed at least 67 people in an attack on a Kenyan shopping mall in September.

The US Department of Defence said that its forces had carried out the operation against al-Shabaab and would provide more information "when appropriate".


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.

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."

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