Ilhan 728×90
Ilhan 728×90

Al Shabaab claim responsibility for Mpeketoni attack

By AFP

Aftermath of the Mpeketoni attacks

Aftermath of the Mpeketoni attacks, Pic by KTN

Mogadishu, Somalia: Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab rebels on Monday said they carried out an attack on a town on Kenya’s coast that left 48 dead.

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.”

Around 50 heavily-armed gunmen drove into the town of Mpeketoni, near the coastal island and popular tourist resort of Lamu, late on Sunday,

Witnesses said they first attacked a police station, before starting to randomly shoot at civilians, some of whom had been watching the World Cup in local bars and hotels.

Do you have something to add to this story? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Your comments:

About The Author

NepJournal is a progressive media initiative that aims to serve as the leading space where North Eastern Kenya’s leading thinkers, analysts and writers provide you, our readers, with new perspectives on all issues affecting the region.

We aim to publish daring perspectives with original content, and beautifully written pieces, to give voice to writers and thinkers so as to inform, educate and empower our people.

Leave a Reply


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

UA-49312341-1