MOMBASA - Armed raiders set fire to houses and killed several villagers in Kenya's Coastal region in a fresh bout of violence that is part of a long-running dispute over grazing land and water, a government official and a local resident said.

"The attack happened last night. We heard gunshots and screams, then there was smoke all over," said Jillo Dabacha, who chairs a community security group in the Tana Delta area. "Eleven people were killed," he said. A senior local government official confirmed the attack and said "several people" had been killed.

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Last month attackers armed with machetes and spears killed more than 50 people in the same remote area.