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Three beheaded and houses burned in Kenya attack by suspected Islamic militants

Suspected Islamic militants have beheaded three people and burnt houses in an attack along the Indian Ocean coast, Kenyan officials said.

Lamu County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo says gunmen believed to al Shabab militants attacked Maleli village near Witu town.

Beheadings by al Shabab have been relatively rare in Kenya, where the extremist group has carried out dozens of deadly attacks over the years.

The group in July was accused of beheading nine people in another village in Lamu County and has stepped up attacks in East African country in recent weeks.

The al Qaida-linked al Shabab has vowed retribution after Kenya sent troops across the border to Somalia in 2011 to fight the group, which last year became the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.

AP

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