Gunmen Kill 7 In Kenyan Mosque

Seven people were killed Thursday at a mosque in eastern Kenya after gunmen opened fire with AK-47 rifles, the Associated Press reported.

From the AP:

The victims include five men who were shot inside the mosque while praying at dawn, said Garissa County Commissioner Maalim Mohamed. Two women who rushed to the mosque to check what was happening were also shot dead. The motive of the attack is not clear, Mohamed said.

The attack took place in the remote and tiny village of Maayleey, about 30 miles from the Somalia border. Mohamed said that security personnel were pursuing the attackers. Red Cross officials were dispatching medical personnel to the scene.

The region has been a hotspot of attacks blamed on al-Qaida-linked militants from Somalia. Somalia’s al-Shabab militants have vowed to carry out attacks on Kenyan soil in retaliation for Kenya’s military push into Somalia in late 2011.

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