Al Shabaab militants kill 14 people in Kenya

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Nairobi, July 8: At least 14 people were killed in Kenya after being attacked in their sleep by Al Shabaab gunmen in Kenya, media reported on Wednesday.

The militants carried out attack on a residential complex in the town of Mandera in northeast Kenya, news agency Reuters reported.

Al Shabaab kills 14 in Kenya

The Islamist militant group said it had targeted Christians.

Al Shabaab has carried out a series of deadly attacks into Kenya, saying it will continue until Nairobi withdraws troops from an African Union force fighting the militants in Somalia.

"The area ... is a plot where quarry workers live. They attacked at around 1 a.m. on Tuesday. Most of those killed are workers from upcountry," said Alex Nkoyo, commissioner for Mandera County.

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"This attack is a clear reminder that al Shabaab and its collaborators are determined to disrupt and subvert our way of life," Interior Minister Joseph Nkaisserry said in a statement about the Mandera raid.

Al Shabaab militants killed 148 people at a university in eastern Kenya's Garissa County in April. After the Garissa attack in April, critics accused the security forces of responding too slowly.

Al Shabaab aims to topple Somalia's Western-backed government and wants to impose its own strict version of Islamic law on the country.

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