BBC News: Mpeketoni, Kenya attack – Gunmen shot dead anyone unable to recite verses from the Koran – at least 48 dead

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At least 48 people have died after al-Qaeda-linked militants attacked hotels and a police station in a Kenyan coastal town, officials say.

Witnesses in Mpeketoni said gun battles lasted several hours, while several buildings were set on fire.

The town is on the mainland near Lamu island, a well-known tourist resort.

Somalia’s al-Shabab group said the attack was carried out to avenge the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia and the killing of Muslims.

Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 to help the weak UN-backed government defeat the militants.

The BBC’s Anne Soy in Mpeketoni says she was told the gunmen shot dead anyone who was unable to recite verses from the Koran.

This is the most deadly attack in Kenya since last September, when at least 67 people were killed during a siege by al-Shabab fighters at Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre.

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  3. ‘My husband told them we were Christians and they shot him in the head’: How al-Shabaab militia went from door to door killing non-Muslims as Kenyan village watched World Cup
  • Kenya attack happened as residents watched World Cup matches last night
  • Authorities have blamed al-Shabaab, Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked terror group
  • Assault happened in Mpeketoni which is 60 miles from Somali border
  • Witnesses say gunmen went door to door asking if residents spoke Somali
  • If the answer was no they shot them dead on their doorstep, say locals

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Details of events leading up to Mpeketoni Attack


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