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Extremists kill 12 in Kenya attack near Somali border

Published 25/10/2016

A man stands amid the debris at the scene of an attack in the town of Mandera (AP)
A man stands amid the debris at the scene of an attack in the town of Mandera (AP)

Twelve people have been killed in an extremist attack targeting non-Muslims in Mandera County near Kenya's border with Somalia.

Mohamed Saleh, Mandera's regional commander, said that gunmen from Somali-based extremist group al-Shabab are suspected of carrying out the attack on the Bisharo Guest House.

Al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops into Somalia since 2011 to fight the militants who are waging an insurgency against Somalia's weak, Western-backed government.

Kenyan security forces have managed to stop the wave of al-Shabab's attacks in major cities that have killed hundreds over the past few years.

However, Mandera County remains a volatile area. Al-Shabab militants hijacked a bus in Mandera on November 2014, and killed 28 non-Muslims on board. In December 2014 they killed 36 quarry workers.

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