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Al Shabaab 'claims responsibility' for Kenya attack

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Al Shabaab 'claims responsibility' for Kenya attack


Somali Islamist group Al Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility for Sunday’s armed attack in Kenya.

Two hotels, a bank and a police station were targeted near the popular tourist destination of Lamu Island.

Around 50 people died when armed militia stormed the towns of Mpeketoni and Kibaoni.

The faction is also said to have told tourists to stay away.

Kenya’s Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku called for political unity.

“Recently, I issued a caution to the effect that there is a line beyond which nobody should cross,” he announced. “The red line has since been crossed. Those engaging in incitement of (the) public will be firmly dealt with in accordance with the law. The politicians are hereby warned to desist from inciting the public.”

Kenya is on high alert.

The attack is the worst in Kenya since last September when Al Shabaab gunmen besieged the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, killing 67 people.

Al-Shabaab had since warned of further assaults.

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