Gunmen attack Kenyan coastal town
Published on Jun 16, 2014 6:22 AM
MOMBASA (AFP) - Gunmen in Kenya attacked a busy coastal town late on Sunday, opening fire from two minibuses and setting two hotels on fire, officials said, adding the attackers were suspected Islamist insurgents.
There was no immediate confirmation of casualties, but residents said the attack lasted for hours.
Kenyan army spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir said the gunmen entered the western town of Mpeketoni, a trading centre on the main coastal road, and started “shooting people around in town”.
The “assailants (are) likely to be Al-Shebab,” Chirchir said, referring to Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents.
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