Nairobi: At least 14 people were killed Tuesday when suspected Islamic militants raided a northern Kenyan town on the border with war-torn Somalia, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Kenyan officials blamed Somali-led Shebab militants who have carried out a string of attacks in the region, highlighting the insecurity that plagues parts of the country.
The Tuesday morning raid comes a little more than two weeks before US President Barack Obama is due to make his first visit to Kenya, where his father was born, since taking office. The attack occurred at an area called Soko Mbuzi, a livestock market just outside the town of Mandera in Kenya`s far northeastern region, bordering Somalia and Ethiopia.
“People were sleeping when the attack happened, they just came and hurled explosives in the houses,” said Mandera County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo, confirming 14 people had been killed in the attack in the early hours of Tuesday morning.”These were Al-Shebab from the nature of the attack. They used explosives and guns,” he said. Nkoyo said those attacked mainly worked in a nearby quarry.