'Several dead' in Kenya coast attack

At least five killed by attackers in Taa village near Mpeketoni, the site of raids that killed 65 last week.

    'Several dead' in Kenya coast attack

    Five people have been killed by unknown attackers in a village on Kenya's coast near Mpeketoni town, where at least 65 people died in attacks last week, according to a government official.

    "I am aware that a gang that is unknown attacked Taa village in Witu division yesterday [Monday] night and killed five people," the Lamu County commissioner, Stephen Ikua, told Reuters news agency.

    The "attackers used machetes and other crude weapons ... the victims have cuts and injuries," Taa village chief Kaviha Charo Karisa told Reuters.

    Taa village is about 40km from Mpeketoni village where last week's deadly attack took place.

    No one has claimed responsibility for the attack on the village, the latest in a string of assaults that has piled political pressure on the government to secure the country and battered its vital tourism industry.

    Somali armed group al-Shabab said it carried out last week's attacks on the Mpeketoni area, although the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, dismissed the claim and said local politicians were behind it.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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