Extremists Attack Kenya for 2nd Night

9 killed in fresh al-Shabab raid

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 17, 2014 2:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – Extremists attacked a coastal area of Kenya for the second night in a row last night, killing at least nine people a day after the deaths of nearly 50, officials say. A police spokesman says al-Shabab militants attacked a village called Majembeni. The Somali militant group also claimed responsibility for the Sunday night attack in nearby Mpeketoni that killed 48 people.

Al-Shabab later said it carried out the attack because of Kenya's "brutal oppression of Muslims," including the killings of Muslim scholars in Mombasa. The group said that such attacks would continue "as you continue to invade our lands and oppress innocent Muslims." Tourists were then warned: "Kenya is now officially a war zone and as such any tourists visiting the country do so at their own peril. Foreigners with any regard for their safety and security should stay away from Kenya."

A woman observes the remains of the Breeze View Hotel, where residents watching the World Cup soccer tournament were attacked and killed by militants.   (AP Photo)
A man observes the remains of destroyed vehicles and buildings in the town of Mpeketoni.   (AP Photo)
Residents observe the remains of roadside shops attacked by militants in the town of Mpeketoni about 60 miles from the Somali border on the coast of Kenya.   (AP Photo)
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