It’s another sad day for Kenyans as the country wakes up to yet another fresh massacre in Mandera County.
At least 36 people are reported to have been killed in the attack that took place at a quarry at Koromei, about 10 km from Mandera town, at the wee hours of Tuesday morning by suspected Al-Shabaab militants.
According to survivors of the onslaught, the gunmen were only targeting Christians, who were ordered to line up and most of them were shot on the head while some were beheaded. The Muslims at the site were allegedly spared.
ARMED GUNMEN OPEN FIRE IN A WAJIR CLUB
According to police accounts, the massacre took place about four hours after three gunmen, armed with AK47 rifles, raided a club in Wajir (Ngamia Club) and opened fire at the revelers indiscriminately. One person was shot dead and 13 others were left injured. The club is about 800 metres from Wajir police station.
The gunmen are reported to have raided Kenya Power sub-station after the club attack, but were repulsed by the officers who were guarding the area.
The recent attack comes hot on heels of the bloody mandera bus massacre that claimed 28 lives.
AL-SHABAAB TAKES CLAIM OF THE ATTACKS
Al-shabaab militants have once again taken claim of the recent massacre and have vowed to carry on with their ruthless attacks.
“In another successful operation carried out by the Mujahideen, nearly 40 Kenyan crusaders met their demise after a unit from the Saleh Nabhan brigade raided them in the midnight hours of Monday at Koromey, on the outskirts of Mandera,” Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage said in a statement to AFP.
“This latest attack was part of a series of attacks planned and executed by the Mujahideen as a response to Kenya’s occupation of Muslim lands and their ongoing atrocities, such as the recent airstrikes on Muslims in Somalia which caused the death of innocent Muslims and the destruction of their properties and livestock, as well as the continued suffering of Muslims in Mombasa,” the statement said.
“As Kenya persists in its occupation of Muslim lands, kills innocent Muslims, transgresses upon their sanctities and throws them into prisons, we will persist to defend our land and our people from their aggression.”
“We are uncompromising in our beliefs, relentless in our pursuit, ruthless against the disbelievers and we will do whatever necessary to defend our Muslim brethren suffering from Kenya’s aggression.”