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Al Shabaab attacks village in Kenya's Garissa

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Al Shabaab attacks village in Kenya's Garissa.

Al Shabaab militants attacked a village in the northeastern Kenyan county of Garissa, the ministry of interior said on Friday.

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The Somalia-based al Shabaab group, which has carried out frequent attacks in Kenya in recent years to try to force Nairobi to pull its troops out of Somalia, struck a university in the same area last month, killing 148 people.

A ministry statement said the militants entered Yumbis village, 70 km (45 miles) north of Garissa town, on Thursday evening.

"Security forces swiftly mobilized and engaged the militants in a gun battle. No casualties were reported," the ministry said.

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Kenya's tourism industry, a top foreign exchange earner, has borne the brunt of the attacks, as worried tourists cancel their bookings.