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Al- Shbab claims responsibility of Mandera bus attack

Storyline:National News

Al- Shbab on Saturday claimed responsibility of deadly bus attack in the outskirts of Mandera district  in which gunmen killed 28 Muslim passengers on board of a bus en route to Nairobi.

A spokesman for the group said the attack was a payback for raids that Kenyan security forces carried out over the past week on mosques in the port city of Mombasa.

Police officers said Saturday that the bus traveling to the capital Nairobi was hijacked 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Mandera town.

The officers say the gunmen singled out non-Muslims and shot them dead.

Kenya has been hit by a series of gun and bomb attacks blamed on Somalia’s Al-Shabab since it sent troops into Somalia in October 2011. Authorities say there have been over 100 attacks since then, including the Westgate Mall attack in which 67 people were killed.