Gunmen kill 36 quarry workers in northern Kenya

Gunmen kill 36 quarry workers in northern Kenya

Tue Dec 2, 2014 8:2AM GMT

Gunmen have massacred dozens of Kenyan workers in an attack on a stone quarry in the northern town of Mandera near the Somali border.

The attack was carried out in the early hours of Tuesday while the victims were sleeping in their tents.

“We have lost 36 people, but there are others missing,” a police official said on the condition of anonymity, adding, “We don’t know whether they were taken by the attackers.”

The quarry attack comes hours after at least one person was killed and 12 wounded after gunmen hurled grenades and fired into a bar in the town of Wajir near the border with Somalia.

Somalia’s al-Shabab group claimed responsibility for the attack, pledging to be uncompromising and launch more assaults.

Kenyan officials have drawn a parallel between the attacks and a deadly assault carried out last month by al-Shabab fighters who are based in Somalia, when 28 people were executed in an ambush on a bus in the town of Mandera near the Somali border.

Kenya currently has over 3,000 soldiers stationed in southern Somalia, where they have been battling al-Shabab. The country sent troops into Somalia in late 2011, after the militant group carried out a series of raids inside Kenya.

The al-Shabab militants have been pushed out of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and other major cities in the country by the African Union Mission in Somalia, which is made up of troops from Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Sierra Leone, and Kenya.

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