An overnight attack by a gunmen on a residential complex where quarry workers live has left 14 people dead in Mandera town, Kenya.
The attack has been claimed by the Somalia-based al Shabab militant group. In a statement made by the group’s spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabab said, “We are behind the Mandera attack. We killed over 10 Kenyan Christians.”
“This is part of our ongoing operations against Kenya,” the statement added.
In a statement to the press, Mandera county commissioner Alex Nkoyo said “the area they attacked is a plot where quarry workers live. They attacked at around 1 am [local time]. Most of those killed are workers from upcountry. In total 14 people are dead.”
Red Cross Kenya secretary-General Abbas Gullet said the attack was carried out while the workers were asleep. Gullet also stated that the gunmen left at least 11 people injured.
The Somalia-based militant group has carried out similar terror activities on Kenyan soil in past, including one in December 2014 when they killed 34 quarry workers.
Al Shabab aims to force the Nairobi government to pull its troops out of Somalia, where they are part of an African Union peacekeeping mission.
In April 2015, the group claimed the attack on a university in Kenya’s Garissa Country killing 148 people. The group’s attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall in September 2013, which lasted three days, also claimed 63 lives.