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Somali Islamist group not behind Kenya coast attacks - president
June 17, 2014 / 1:01 PM / 3 years ago

Somali Islamist group not behind Kenya coast attacks - president

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s president said on Tuesday that two days of attacks on the coast in which about 65 people were killed were planned by “local political networks”, dismissing claims by Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group that it was behind the assaults.

Wreckages of burnt cars are seen along the main road to Lamu from Mpeketoni after unidentified gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga

“The attack in Lamu was well planned, orchestrated and politically motivated ethnic violence against the Kenyan community,” President Uhuru Kenyatta told the nation in an address, referring to Lamu county where the attacks took place.

“This, therefore, was not an al Shabaab terrorist attack. Evidence indicates local political networks were involved in the planning and execution of the heinous crime. This also played into the opportunist network of other criminal gangs,” he said.

Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Duncan Miriri

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