Report by Reuters says Al Shabaab gunmen killed 14 people, mostly quarry workers, in an overnight attack on a residential complex in northeast Kenya, on Tuesday.
According to the report, the Islamist militant group said it had targeted Christians. Many died in their sleep, the Kenya Red Cross said. The raid, in the town of Mandera, mirrored one in the same county in December in which 36 quarry workers died.
Al Shabaab has made a series of deadly incursions into Kenya, saying it will continue until Nairobi withdraws troops from an African Union force fighting the militants in Somalia.
The group’s military operations spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, told Reuters its gunmen killed more than 10 Kenyan Christians in Tuesday’s raid. It has in the past singled out non-Muslims for execution-style killings.
“The area … is a plot where quarry workers live. They attacked at around 1 a.m. Most of those killed are workers from upcountry,” Alex Nkoyo, commissioner for Mandera County, told Reuters by phone. He put the death toll at 14, including a woman who had tried to plead with gunmen before being shot.
In a separate incident, al Shabaab claimed it had attacked a Kenyan military convoy between Mpeketoni and Lamu on the north coast, an area of previous attacks. But an army spokesman denied there was any assault on one of its convoys.
A police commander in the region said a convoy of five civilian buses with a security escort was attacked but no one was hurt. He did not give further details.