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Gunmen kill at least 48 in attack on Kenyan coast

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 - 01:37

June 16 - At least 48 people are killed and others wounded when more than two dozen unidentified gunmen attack a coastal Kenyan town overnight. Sarah Toms reports.

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The burnt out remains after an attack on the Kenyan town Mpeketoni. Bodies are strewn on the roads and a bank is gutted. Many residents fled the area in fear. Those who stayed are left to view the devastation and help the wounded. Scores of people died when gunmen targeted two hotels, a bank and a police station. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAMU DEPUTY GOVERNOR, ERIC MUGO, SAYING: "So far the bodies which we have managed to collect from the streets which have already been taken to the local mortuary are a lot of them but there are still more bodies lying on the way to Kibaoni and some still on the streets and in the same we have not been able to identify - as of now we have not been able to identify the real number of the casualties who might be in the other hotels which have already been burnt out." The attackers used guns and at least one explosive device. No one immediately claimed responsibility. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAMU DEPUTY GOVERNOR, ERIC MUGO, SAYING: "Those guys were in large numbers they were over 50 of them in two vans and I hear from sources they have already burnt down their vans and they might have escaped in to the forest because I don't believe they went all through the roads because our officers had put an ambush in each and every corner but on the same what I say they were some delays in terms of response." It's the latest in a string of attacks that have hurt Kenya's tourism industry. Many of the assaults have been blamed on Somalia's Al Shabaab. The militant group says it wants Kenya to withdraw troops from Somalia but Kenya refuses.

Gunmen kill at least 48 in attack on Kenyan coast

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 - 01:37

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