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Kenya Red Cross says 22 killed in al Shabaab attacks on Hindi, Gamba

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 10:13

Zee Media Bureau/Supriya Jha

Nairobi: Total death toll from two attacks on two coastal towns of Kenya stands at 22, said the Kenya Red Cross in a tweet.

The attacks which have been claimed by the al Qaeda linked al Shabaab militants from Somalia, killed 13 in the town of Hindi and nine dead and one missing in the town of Gamba.

The attacks come a month after a similar attack by the militants in the Lamu area had claimed more than 60 lives as gunmen raided hotels and a police station near Mpeketoni, and attacked those watching the World Cup match.

The al Shabaab militants have become an increasingly dangerous force for Kenya since October 2011 when Kenyan troops were deployed in Somalia.

The militants say their attacks in Kenya is in retaliation to their troops` action in Somalia.

Also, Al Shabab had last year raided a shopping mall in Nairobi, killing 68 people.

Despite, claims by the al Shabab militants, Kenyan officials have blamed local separatists for the attack.

Kenya`s President Uhuru Kenyatta had also blamed the Mpeketoni attacks on political networks.

First Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 10:13
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