- Title: Somber mood as Mandera victims arrive in Nairobi
- Date: 25th October 2016
- Summary: NAIROBI, KENYA (OCTOBER 25, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF HEARSES ARRIVING AT CHIROMO MORGUE MORGUE ATTENDANT USHERING HEARSE SIGN READING "BODY RECEPTION" VARIOUS OF POLICE OFFICER BODIES IN BODY BAGS MORGUE ATTENDANTS OFFLOADING BODIES VARIOUS OF HEARSES AT MORGUE ENTRANCE BODY BAGS BEING OFF LOADED FROM HEARSE BODY BAGS BEING WHEELED OFF VARIOUS OF RED CROSS OFFICIALS AND RED CROSS STAFF AT THE MORGUE VARIOUS OF RELATIVES CRYING
- Embargoed: 9th November 2016 18:32
- Keywords: Mandera Somalia victims Nairobi al Shabaab
- Location: NAIROBI, KENYA
- City: NAIROBI, KENYA
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA00155I95XJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Eleven of twelve bodies of those killed by Somali militants in Mandera were flown to Nairobi Tuesday (October 25).
Attackers blew up part of a hotel in northeastern Kenya on Tuesday, killing at least 12 people in a raid claimed by al Shabaab militants from neighbouring Somalia.
The group said it had set out to kill non-Muslims in Kenya's Mandera area - the scene of numerous assaults by the fighters seeking to overthrow Somalia's Western-backed government and punish Kenya for sending in soldiers to oppose it.
Rescuers pulled at least six survivors from the rubble and were searching for more, twelve people are said to have died in the attack.
Anxious relatives waited at the morgue to identify their loved ones.
Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the gunmen had targeted non-Muslims.
Al Shabaab killed six people at a work site in Mandera area earlier in October.
It has also struck deeper into Kenya, killing at least 67 people in an attack on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in 2013.
The group killed 148 students at Garissa University in northeast Kenya in April 2015, the worst militant attack in the country in almost two decades. An al Shabaab attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi in September 2013 killed 67 people.
Al Shabaab, a hardline Islamist group, ruled large parts of Somalia until 2011, when it was driven out of Mogadishu by AU and Somali troops. It still control some rural areas and carries out frequent attacks in the capital and other areas in its attempt to dislodge the Western-backed government.
In January, Kenyan troops took heavy losses when al Shabaab made a dawn raid on their camp in El Adde near the Kenyan border. Al Shabaab said it killed more than 100 soldiers. Kenya gave no exact casualty figure.
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