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Six killed in attack on non-Muslims in Kenya by Islamic extremists

Published 06/10/2016

Soldiers guard the residential building in Mandera, northern Kenya, after an attack by suspected Islamic extremists (AP)
Soldiers guard the residential building in Mandera, northern Kenya, after an attack by suspected Islamic extremists (AP)

Suspected Islamic extremists have killed six people in an attack in northern Kenya, near the border with Somalia.

Ali Roba, the governor of Kenya's Mandera County, said t he gunmen attacked a residential plot near the Bulla area early on Thursday.

The militants were targeting 33 non-Muslims in a residential block but a quick response by security forces saved other lives, Mr Roba said.

Kenya has experienced a wave of attacks from the Somali-based rebels of al-Shabab, who are allied to al-Qaida. Al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops to Somalia since 2011 to fight the militants who are waging an insurgency against Somalia's western-backed government.

Mandera County and Garissa County, which border Somalia, have been targeted by al-Shabab. The worst attack was in April 2015 when al-Shabab gunmen killed 148 - most of them students - at Garissa University.

Suspected al-Shabab gunmen killed at least six people when they shot at two buses traveling in Mandera County in July.

And Al-Shabab militants hijacked a bus travelling through Mandera County on November 22, 2014, killing 28 non-Muslims on board. In December 2014, they killed 36 quarry workers in Mandera town.

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