Gunmen have killed at least 29 people in two attacks in the coastal area of Kenya this last Sunday night, as reported the Kenyan Ministry of Interior. The Somali Islamist group Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the two attacks, which occurred at a police station and a shopping center, although the country’s police responsible for them to ban separatist group Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), according to the newspaper Local Daily Nation. A Russian tourist has died when she was shot in the coastal city of Mombasa when someone tried to steal her purse while walking through the old town of the city.
“There have been two attacks in Lamu and Tana River last night. Have nine dead in Lamu and there are 20 in Tana River. The number could increase,” clarified the Interior Ministry spokesman, Mwenda Njoka, speaking by telephone to the Reuters.
The attack in the coastal region of Lamu (southeast of the country) has occurred in a shopping mall in the town of Hindi, while the Tana River region was registered at a police station in Gamba. “He walked shooting people indiscriminately,” said the head of the area, Abdullah Shahasi. The Lamu County Sheriff, Miiri Njenga, has indicated that the assailants have attacked government offices and burned some properties.
The attackers left several people injured, and burned some buildings before fleeing the scene. Several similar attacks have caused in recent weeks over sixty dead on the coast of Kenya.
On the other hand, a Russian tourist seriously injured today when shot in the city of Mombasa (on the coast of Kenya) has died in the hospital from the gunshot wound, medical authorities reported. She was taken to hospital with a bullet lodged in her head, where she died in the operating room.
The victim was shot in the forehead while visiting the old city of Mombasa, reports the Kenyan Daily Nation newspaper. “She was taken to the hospital and have opened an investigation to finding those responsible,” said police commander Tom Okoth, minutes before the death of the tourist.
According to initial reports, a group of armed men approached her and shot her after stealing her purse as she walked through the historic Fort Jesus, the main attraction of the first tourist city of Kenya. Built by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century Fort Jesus is an example of Portuguese military fortification and a landmark in the history of this type of construction, so it was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011.