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Somalia's Shebab claim responsibility for Kenya attack

Published on Jun 16, 2014 10:59 PM
 

MOGADISHU (AFP) - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels on Monday said they carried out an attack on a town on Kenya's coast that left 49 dead, and warned tourists and foreigners to stay away from Kenya.

A statement from the group said the attack was revenge for the "Kenyan government's brutal oppression of Muslims in Kenya through coercion, intimidation and extrajudicial killings of Muslim scholars."

It also condemned the "Kenyan military's continued invasion and occupation of our Muslim lands and the massacre of innocent Muslims in Somalia."

"To the tourists visiting Kenya we say this: Kenya is now officially a war zone and as such any tourists visiting the country do so at their own peril," the group said.

Charred vehicles sit outside a police station in Mpeketoni, in Lamu county along the Kenyan coast, after some 50 heavily-armed gunmen attacked the town near the coastal island and popular tourist resort of lamu the night before. Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels on Monday said they carried out an attack on a town on Kenya's coast that left 49 dead, and warned tourists and foreigners to stay away from Kenya. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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