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Kenyan officials deny women kidnapped in coastal attacks

Published on Jun 18, 2014 4:36 PM
 
Residents chant slogans as they protest along the streets after unidentified gunmen recently attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, June 17, 2014. Kenyan authorities on Wednesday denied reports that several women were kidnapped during the deadly militant attacks against the town of Mpeketoni and surrounding villages on the country's coast. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan authorities on Wednesday denied reports that several women were kidnapped during the deadly militant attacks against the town of Mpeketoni and surrounding villages on the country's coast.

Several media reports, quoting local villagers, said the attackers also abducted 12 women having already killed at least 60 people in two consecutive nights of carnage.

"There were no attacks involving women, and therefore those are false reports," Kenya's police chief David Kimaiyo, who is currently visiting the area, told AFP.

Another official, assistant county commissioner Benson Maisori, said investigations have so far shown that the attackers only targeted men.

 
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