Gunmen kill at least 48 in Kenyan near border with Somalia - CNBC Africa

Gunmen kill at least 48 in Kenyan near border with Somalia

East Africa

by Elayne Wangalwa 0

The attack occurred in Mpeketoni town which is about 40 kilometers inland in Lamu County on Sunday night at around 8.00pm (EAT).  Two public service vehicles commonly referred to as matatus with unknown occupants entered Mpeketoni and started shooting people indiscriminately in and around town.

Kenya’s ministry of interior said on their twitter page that two hotels which are local boarding houses in Mpeketoni were attacked and set on fire.

The country’s National Disaster Operation Centre (NDOC) said the Mpeketoni attack was carried out by elements of Al Shabaab.

Since 2012, Kenya has seen an increase in terrorist attacks in various cities.

The main threat is from extremists linked to Al-Shabaab, a militant group in Somalia that objects to Kenya’s military intervention in the war-torn country.

The attack comes days after the UK government shut down its honorary consulate in Mombasa over security concerns.  A statement from the UK Foreign Office said it would provide normal consular assistance to its citizens through the Nairobi office.

Four governments –the United Kingdom, United States, France and Australia - have issued travel advisories to Kenya since the wake of terror threats in the country.

Last year, Al-Shabaab killed at least 67 people in Nairobi’s Westgate Mall – a significant escalation in the scale of attacks.

NDOC said military surveillance planes are currently airborne to help police operations.

A news conference to give an update on the attack is expected to be held by Security officials in Nairobi on Monday.