Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, has dismissed his interior minister after al-Shabab militants slaughtered 36 non-Muslim quarry workers.
The murders took place in Mandera close to the border with Somalia.
The assailants separated Muslims from non-Muslims before the bloodletting began.
“The obvious intent is to create hostility and suspicion across ethnic and religious lines and to drive non-Muslims from certain parts of this country. The ultimate aim of this atrocious campaign is to establish an extremist caliphate in our region,” said the president.
The violence comes a week after al-Shabab killed 28 in bus attack in Mandera.
Again non-Muslims were the victims.
Kenyatta’s government is under increasing pressure to end the violence and tighten security.
The country’s police chief, David Kimaiyo tendered his resignation as result of the carnage.
Many Christians living in Mandera have already fled the area as a result of the security situation.