MOSCOW, December 2 (Sputnik) — Unknown gunmen have killed at least 36 workers in an overnight attack in Kenya’s northeastern Mandera county, bordering war-torn Somalia, Reuters reports, citing a local official.
There are fears that more workers will be killed since some remain unaccounted for. "We have lost 36 people, but there are others missing," said a police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as quoted by AFP. "We don’t know whether they were taken by the attackers," he added.
"Our team is on the ground undertaking assessments of the attack," the Kenya Red Cross said Tuesday, as quoted by the Guardian.
One person was killed and 12 injured in a separate attack, which took place Monday night in the Kenyan city of Wajir, according to AFP. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for both attacks.
Kenya has been often hit by the Islamists since the country joined African Union campaign to destroy al-Shabab in Somalia. Al-Shabab, a clan-based militant group linked to al-Qaeda, took over most of southern Somalia in 2006 and later advanced to the central areas of the country.