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Al-Shabaab Claims Responsibility for Attack That Killed at Least 48 in Kenyan Tourist-Region Town

by Heidi Vogt, WSJ, Jun. 17, 2014

“MPEKETONI, Kenya—The gunmen who raided a town along Kenya’s popular Indian Ocean coast, killing at least 48 people, shouted “God is great!” and in some cases asked men to recite Quranic verses before shooting those who couldn’t, residents said on Monday.

The attack as described by residents was planned and methodical: Dozens of gunmen wearing military uniforms split into three groups—one headed toward the cinema where many were watching a World Cup match, another toward the hotels, and a third to the center of town. They rapped on the doors of houses and inns demanding that those inside surrender themselves. When people came out into the open, they pulled the women and children aside, then shot the men.”…

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