By AFPAftermath 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.