Just one week after the violent attacks around the small Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, which claimed the lives of 60 people over two days, more reports are surfacing of other bloodshed across the country. At least 11 people have been killed in another attack in a village in the Lamu County of the country, just 40km from Mpeketoni.
The attack in the Lamu County comes just a week after the killings in Mpeketoni, which militant group al-Shabaab claimed partial responsibility for. As the bodies of the victims were found following the village attack some of them were discovered to have been hacked to death with knives, others shot and executed at close quarters. This mirrored similar tactics used in earlier attacks claimed by al-Shabaab in Mpeketoni.
The Mpeketoni killings themselves occurred between 15-17 June. According to witnesses around 50 masked gunmen seized a vehicle and attacked a police station in the predominantly Christian town of Mpeketoni. Men were shot at random while women were apparently forced to watch, supposedly targeting Christians. Somali-based terror group al-Shabaab reportedly claimed responsibility for the second wave of attacks, that killed around 20 people, but the first killings have not had responsibility taken for them. However, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta claimed that the killings were the work of local gangs, possibly contracted by politicians in the area, and may have been ethnically or religiously motivated.