Twenty-Two People Killed by Gunmen on Kenyan Coast

The Kenya Red Cross reported today that gunmen killed at least 22 people in overnight attacks on two separate counties on the Kenyan coast.

According to the Associated Press, the attacks took place on Saturday night in the towns of Hindi in Lamu county and Gamba in the neighboring Tana River. Al-Shabab, the al-Qaeda-linked militia from Somalia, claimed responsibility for the attack. From the AP:

According to the Lamu county commissioner Njenga Miiri, a group of about 15 gunmen raided the Malamandi village of Hindi and started shooting at residents. The gunmen also attacked Gamba police station, Kenya's police chief David Kimaiyo said. ...

Police said 13 people were killed in Hindi, while in Gamba nine others were killed and one person was missing.

Hindi is about 25 miles north and Gamba is about 43 miles northwest of Mpeketoni, where 60 people were killed by al-Qaida-linked militants last month.

[image via AP]