Twelve people, described as “non-Muslims,” were killed early Tuesday morning in Kenya’s northeastern town of Mandera in a suspected terror attack by the Somali militant group al-Shabab.
The extremist group has for years conducted cross-border attacks in Kenya, partly in retribution for Kenya’s decision to send troops to Somalia as part of an African Union military campaign. Mandera, a predominantly Muslim border town nestled between the Ethiopian and Somali frontiers, has been a frequent target, and many of its residents have fled.
According to Abdi Rizak, a member of the Mandera county assembly, Tuesday’s attack occurred at a guesthouse called Busharo at 1:30 a.m, several miles from the border. Read more