At least 34 dead after gunmen open fire in Kenyan coastal town - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

At least 34 dead after gunmen open fire in Kenyan coastal town

Posted: Updated:
The attacks are being blamed on the Al Shabaab terrorist group. (Source: KTN/CNN) The attacks are being blamed on the Al Shabaab terrorist group. (Source: KTN/CNN)
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Official: 13 killed as shells hit Gaza UN school

    Official: 13 killed as shells hit Gaza UN school

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:55 AM EDT2014-07-30 04:55:48 GMT
    A Palestinian health official says 13 people were killed after tank shells hit a U.N. school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks.More >>
    A Palestinian health official says 13 people were killed after tank shells hit a U.N. school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks.More >>
  • China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

    China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:34:09 GMT
    China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into a former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders.More >>
    China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the...More >>
  • China reports deadly attack in northwest

    China reports deadly attack in northwest

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:37:14 GMT
    A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic...More >>
    A mob armed with knives and axes rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed Islamic...More >>

MPEKETONI, Kenya (CNN) - Gunmen opened fire and shot people in the Kenyan coastal town Sunday evening, the nation's interior ministry reported.

The Kenyan National Disaster Operation Centre also said the gunmen set fire to two hotels that are used as boarding houses.

They blamed the attacks on the Al Shabaab terrorist group.

The Kenya Red Cross put the death toll from the incidents at 34.

Last month, at least 10 people were killed in two explosions Friday in central Nairobi.

As many as 76 people were wounded in the blasts at the Gikomba market and on a public minibus, the disaster agency said. Ambulances evacuated 43 injured males and 33 injured females, the Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre said.

Two suspects were arrested in connection with the explosions, which were caused by grenades, according to Nairobi Police Commandant Benson Kibuye.

There were no claims of responsibility for the attack.

The Kenyan military crossed into Somalia in 2011 to battle the terrorist group Al-Shabaab, which it blamed for kidnapping tourists in the coastal region. In retaliation, the terrorist group has launched a spate of attacks, including targeting bustling bus stations with grenades.

Last year, militants stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi and held shoppers under siege for days. At least 67 people were killed.

Copyright 2014 CNN. All rights reserved.