Gunmen kill 14 quarry workers in Kenya

By 10:44 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 Comments

Gunmen killed quarry workers as they slept in an

overnight attack on a residential complex in northeast

Kenya , a government administrator said on Tuesday.

No one claimed immediate responsibility for the

assault in Mandera town , in which officials said at

least 14 people died .

Somalia - based Islamic militant group al Shabaab has

in the past carried out similar attacks , including one

in December in the same county in which 36 quarry

workers were killed .

“ The area they attacked is a plot where quarry

workers live . They attacked at around 1 :00 am . Most

of those killed are workers from upcountry. In total 14

people are dead , ” Alex Nkoyo , commissioner for

Mandera County , told Reuters on phone.

Abbas Gullet , secretary general of Kenya Red Cross,

said the workers were attacked as they slept.

Nkoyo said among the dead was a woman who had

tried to plead with the gunmen before being shot .

Al Shabaab , which aims to topple Somalia ’ s

government and impose its own strict version of

Islamic law , has carried out frequent attacks in

Kenya in recent years to try to force Nairobi to pull its

troops out of Somalia , where they are part of an

African Union peacekeeping mission.



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