More than 27 killed in attack on Kenyan coastal town-police

ByREUTERS
June 16, 2014 09:59




MOMBASA, Kenya  - At least 27 people were killed and 25 wounded when more than two dozen unidentified gunmen attacked buildings in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni overnight, police and witnesses said on Monday.

Militants targeted two hotels, a bank and a police station with guns and at least one explosive device. The assault on Sunday night was the latest in a string of attacks that have hurt Kenya's tourism business, a key source of foreign exchange.

"So far we can confirm that 27 people were killed in the attack. Our officers are still looking for more bodies and this number could rise," David Kimaiyo, the inspector general of Kenya's police, told Reuters.

Mpeketoni is more than three hours' drive from the border with Somalia, where Kenya has troops fighting alQaida-linked al Shabaab militants.

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