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Another attack on Kenyan coast

East Africa

by Elayne Wangalwa 0

Five people are reported dead in new attacks in Kenya.

Armed assailants attacked a village in a small market town, Witu on Tuesday morning.  The attack has been confirmed by Lamu County commissioner, Stephen Ikua.

The area is about 38 KM from Mpeketoni town where at least 60 people were killed a week ago.

Mpeketoni attack was the worst since Al-Shabaab gunmen killed at least 67 people in Nairobi’s Westgate Mall – a significant escalation in the scale of attacks.

The interior minister, Joseph Ole Lenku has assured coast residents of security as the government had sent reinforcement to the area last week.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said last week’s attacks were not the work of Al-Shabaab but a politically motivated ethnic violence against a Kenyan community.

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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.

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.

(READ MORE: US warns of impending attacks in Kenya

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