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Kenya Security Forces Kill 5 Coastal Attack Suspects

  • Pallbearers carry a coffin containing the remains of Francis Kamande killed when gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, June 18, 2014.
  • People walk past the wreckage of a car destroyed when gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, June 18, 2014.
  • A resident holds a sign as he participates in a protest against the recent attack by gunmen in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, June 17, 2014.
  • Residents make a bonfire to barricade a main road as they protest after gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, June 17, 2014.
  • Residents remove a road barricade as they protest along the streets after gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, June 17, 2014.

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Kenya's security forces have shot dead five people suspected of involvement in attacks on the coast this week that killed about 65 people, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

Somalia's al-Shabab Islamist militant group, the usual suspects in such attacks, claimed responsibility for this week's assaults that were 24 hours apart on the town of Mpeketoni and a nearby village. Both areas are near the coast in Lamu County.
 
President Uhuru Kenyatta dismissed the group's claim and accused his political rivals of being behind the attacks, saying they wanted to stoke ethnic tensions. The opposition swiftly denied the charge, which risks deepening political divisions.
 
“Five suspected attackers shot dead while escaping, three AK-47 guns and several ammunitions recovered,” the Interior Ministry said on Twitter, locating the incident in Lamu County.
 
A Kenyan army source, who asked not to be named, confirmed five suspects were killed in a forested area during a combined operation involving the army and other security forces.
 
Al-Shabab Timeline

2006 - Launches insurgency to take control of Somalia and impose strict Islamic law
2008 - U.S. declares al-Shabab a foreign terrorist organization
2009 - Seizes control of parts of Mogadishu and the port city Kismayo
2010 - Expands control across central and southern Somalia, carries out deadly bombing in Kampala, Uganda
2011 - Blocks drought/famine aid from areas under its control
2011 - East African leaders declare al-Shabab a regional threat; Ethiopian, Kenyan troops enter Somalia to pursue the group, which is driven out of Mogadishu
2012 - Declares itself an al-Qaida ally, loses ground in Somalia, abandons strategic coastal stronghold Kismayo
2013 - Attacks Mogadishu court complex, killing more than 30 and attacks mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 69 people
2014 - Attack in Mogadishu kills more than 10 on New Year's Day
Kenya has faced a spate of gun and grenade attacks in recent months. The killings in Mpeketoni were the worst since al-Shabab gunmen stormed into Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in September, leaving 67 people dead.
 
The government has faced mounting public anger at the rising insecurity and accusations it failed to do enough to protect them. Officials insist they are unfairly blamed for attacks that get through but not credited for many foiled plots.
 
In the main port city of Mombasa on Thursday, police fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse a demonstration about poor security. Eight people were arrested and charged with unlawful assembly. They were released on bail.
 
The protest was organized by 27 rights groups.
 
“We have not done anything wrong by holding peaceful demonstrations for the sake of our country and we will still have them, until the government restores security in the country,” Phyllis Mwema, one of the organizers, told Reuters.
 
Mwema said police had been properly notified of the protest, which had been arranged to take place before the Mpeketoni attacks. Police said they were informed but had not given approval for fear it could be targeted by “criminals”.
 
Police intervened to prevent protesters reaching a regional administrative offices.
 
“We are trying to ensure that we don't create situations that give evil-minded people an easy opportunity to execute crime,” Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said, explaining the decision not to approve the protest.

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