Somali Militants Claim Responsibility for Northeast Kenya Attack

ICC Note: Sources say Islamic militant group al-Shabab is targeting Christians in northern Kenya and the radical group is taking responsibility for an attack that killed two people Sunday in Mandera. The raid represents the extremist group’s second in the area in less than a week in a campaign a radio station sympathetic to al-Shabab boasts is attacking “a number of Christians.”

By Mohamed Sheikh Nor

3/16/2015 Kenya (Bloomberg) – Somali Islamist militants claimed responsibility for a raid in the northeastern Kenyan town of Mandera that they said killed two people.

Al-Shabaab fighters attacked “a number of Kenyan Christians” and wounded three others before fleeing the town on the border with Somalia, the group said in a statement to Radio Andalus, a broadcaster that supports the insurgents.

The Star newspaper, based in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, said unidentified gunmen targeted four motor-vehicle mechanics in Mandera on Sunday, killing one and injuring three, without saying where it got the information. Kenyan police spokeswoman Zipporah Mboroki said there was no attack in the town on Sunday.

The reported assault came about two days after a drone strike in Somalia killed an al-Shabaab commander accused of masterminding the Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi.

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