Gunmen kill 14 quarry workers in Kenya
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 .
â€œ 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 , â€ 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 â€™ 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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