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'Islamists' attack town near popular tourist destination in Kenya killing at least 48, officials say

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Dozens of Somali extremists wielding automatic weapons attacked a small Kenyan coastal town for hours, assaulting the police station, setting two hotels on fire, and spraying bullets into the street. At least 48 people were killed, officials said Monday.

The assault began around 8 p.m. local time on Sunday night as town residents were watching World Cup matches on TV. The attack met little resistance from the country's security apparatus, and lasted until early Monday morning.

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Authorities blamed al-Shabab, Somalia's al-Qaida-linked terror group.

Kenya's top police commander, David Kimaiyo, said the death toll was 48. Another police commander said that as residents were watching the World Cup at the Breeze View Hotel, the gunmen pulled the men aside and ordered the women to watch as they killed them. The attackers told the women that that's what Kenyan troops are doing to Somalia men inside Somalia. The police commander insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to share that detail of the attack.

A police spokeswoman said authorities believe that several dozen attackers took part.

The assault occurred in the town of Mpeketoni, which is about 30 miles (20 kilometers) southwest of the tourist center of Lamu. Any tourism in Mpeketoni is mostly local, with few foreigners visiting the region. The town is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the Somali border. Mpeketoni is about 360 miles (600 kilometers) from the capital, Nairobi.

Islamists, al-Shabaab, Kenya

Kenya has experienced a wave of gunfire and explosive attacks in recent months. The U.S., U.K., France, Australia, and Canada have all recently upgraded their terror threat warnings for the country. U.S. Marines behind sandbag bunkers are now stationed on the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.

The Interior Ministry said that at about 8 p.m. Sunday two minivans entered the town. Militants disembarked and began shooting. Kenya's National Disaster Operations Center said military surveillance planes were launched shortly afterward.

Mpeketoni

The nearby town of Lamu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the country's oldest continually inhabited town. The region saw a spate of kidnappings of foreign tourists in 2011 that Kenya said was part of its motivation for attacking Somalia. Since those attacks and subsequent terror warnings tourism has dropped off sharply around Lamu.

Al-Shabab has vowed to carry out terror attacks to avenge the Kenyan military presence in Somali. At least 67 people were killed in September when four al-Shabab gunmen attacked an upscale mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Kenya sent it troops to Somalia in October 2011.

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Beth June 16 2014 at 5:19 AM

Islam...they are spreading all over Europe , Asia , Africa....we need to join with other countries...not just the US alone and get these guys ...the same thing is going to be happening here . It's the spread of Islam...they are bad!!!!!!!!

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coopdabomb June 16 2014 at 5:35 AM

The world falls apart while the great black hope plays golf and his wife tries to force shcool lunch programs down kids throats. I guess you can call this CHANGE with NO hope.

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aajarm June 16 2014 at 4:43 AM

When are we going to begin the cleansing process of Islam form the world. It is not a religion, IT IS A CANCER!!!!!!

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Jo June 16 2014 at 4:08 AM

The world should field a massive army and go from country to country and eliminate all these terrorist groups to the last man.

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James M. Adams June 16 2014 at 8:04 AM

Meanwhile, our president is applauding the gay's nude bicycle ride in san fran

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opticianandynj4u June 16 2014 at 4:51 AM

MUSLIMS KILLIMG MUSLIMS IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING

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yaaregoodtome68 June 16 2014 at 4:34 AM

We are in last DAYS....JESUS IS ON HIS WAY BACK...ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IS ABOUT TO COME THE END...DONT BE SURPRISE..THIS HAS NEVER HAPPEN BEFORE..PEOPLE ARE TURNING AGAINST EACH OTHER...READ YOUR BIBLE IT IS ALL THERE...REVELATION

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James M. Adams June 16 2014 at 11:50 AM

Barry Soetoro a member of Partai Komunis

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acowgurl June 16 2014 at 2:17 PM

Islam is not a religion. It's a cult and a tyrannical political group.

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ganderrrr acowgurl June 16 2014 at 3:23 PM

Just like every other religion.

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nama holston June 16 2014 at 9:06 AM

Nero fiddled and Obama played golf.....or campaigned.....or photo-opted....or took selfies....

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sdunnlevelrun nama holston June 16 2014 at 9:09 AM

..and Boehner obfuscated and obstructed..based on the night meeting of how to make Obama and America an 4-8 year failed presidency/country!

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Blessed One X 20 sdunnlevelrun June 16 2014 at 12:57 PM

No, the left did that all by themselves. Quit with the usual blame slinging. First four years it was Bush's fault - now it's everyone else's. How about the left taking responsibility for their own actions? Boehner did no such thing. It's all another "blame game." And it's OLD.

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redletter2008 sdunnlevelrun June 16 2014 at 3:04 PM

Pathetic. And Harry Reid (an old, dirty liar) has not single handidly obstructed anything coming out of the House? But then again, most liberal Obama-lovers have no clue that Democrats control the Senate (at least until January).

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