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Attackers raid Kenya coast village

By on July 12, 2014

Armed assailants attacked a village on Kenya’s coast, stole guns from police reservists and burnt down a primary school, an official said on Friday.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in the attack on Thursday night in the village of Panda Nguo, which lies in Lamu County on the northern coast where most of the attacks have taken place.

The spike in attacks on the coast, long a hotbed of discontent, has raised fears of a full-blown insurgency unless the government tackles problems of ethnic rivalries, land rows and Islamist militancy.

The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks, including deadly raids on the Mpeketoni area, which lies in Lamu County, in which about 65 people were killed in back-to-back assaults over 24 hours.

The government has dismissed that claim, blaming local political networks – widely seen as directed at President Uhuru Kenyatta’s main opponent Raila Odinga and his opposition allies.

Al Shabaab has said it has launched attacks on Kenya to drive Kenyan and other African Union forces out of Somalia.

Hundreds of families have fled the area where the attacks have occurred, most of them in Lamu County which stretches to the Somali border.

The attack on Panda Nguo took place at about 1am, said Karisa Charo, a tribal chief in the area.

Police could not immediately be reached for comment.

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