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Kenya Terror Attack Leaves 12 Dead in Northeast, Government Says

At least 12 people died when a bomb exploded at a hotel in the northeastern Kenyan town of Mandera, the government said.


An improvised explosive device detonated at about 3:30 a.m., causing part of the Boshari Hotel to collapse, Mohamoud Saleh, a regional commissioner, said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday. Police are following up “several leads” in their investigation into the attack, he said.

“The government of Kenya condemns this act of terror,” he said.

Al-Shabaab carries out frequent attacks on towns in northeastern Kenya that are close to the border with Somalia, where the al-Qaeda-linked group has waged an insurgency for the past decade.
"Mandera Town, is usually under 24 hour security surveillance, and bomb experts are on site to establish the source of the explosives and gather further evidence," he said.

Speaking to the Star, Mandera East OCPD Ezekiel Sing’oe said some of the deceased were teachers who were visiting for KCSE set books performances.

"It is true there was an attack. Rescue efforts are ongoing," Mandera county commander Job Boronjo said.

The gunmen believed to be al-Shabaab militants escaped towards the Somalia border.

On October 5th, six people were killed after an al-Shabaab attack on a residential plot in Bulla public works in Mandera town.

The incident happened as the tenants were asleep. Police said the attackers shot at the victims randomly after they had broken into the plot.

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