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Gunmen kill 11 in new Kenya coast attack

Bishkek (AKIpress) - attack At least 11 people have been killed in a new attack on Kenya's coastal region, officials said Tuesday, one week after some 60 people died in twin massacres nearby, the Naharnet news agency reports.

Some were hacked to death with knives, others shot and executed at close quarters, mirroring tactics used in earlier attacks claimed by Somalia's Al-Qaida-linked Shebab.

The attack took place overnight on a small village near the town of Witu, on the mainland some 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of the tourist island of Lamu.

Lamu County Commissioner Stephen Ikua called it an "unfortunate attack", the third in the area this month.

Five bodies were initially found, Ikua said, but a police source later said that six more bodies were found, taking the toll to 11.

Deputy district commissioner Benson Maisori said that some "were killed with knives", while others "were shot, executed at very close range."

Several people were reported to have been wounded in the attack and taken to nearby hospitals for treatment, local councilor Athaman Badi said.

There was no immediate claims of responsibility.

"We have sent our officers to the ground to get more details... they are on the ground pursuing the attackers," Ikua added.

The village is reported to be a mix of Kenyan ethnic groups.

Attacks last week on the nearby coastal Mpeketoni district left at least 60 dead.


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