Africa

Kenya: 12 killed in extremist attack in the country's north

  • A man stands amid the debris at the scene of an attack in the town of Mandera, Kenya, near the border with Somalia, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. A Kenyan official says a number of people were killed in the extremist attack and that gunmen from the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab are suspected of carrying out the attack. (AP Photo)

    A man stands amid the debris at the scene of an attack in the town of Mandera, Kenya, near the border with Somalia, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. A Kenyan official says a number of people were killed in the extremist attack and that gunmen from the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab are suspected of carrying out the attack. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • People gather at the scene of an attack in the town of Mandera, Kenya, near the border with Somalia, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. A Kenyan official says a number of people were killed in the extremist attack and that gunmen from the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab are suspected of carrying out the attack. (AP Photo)

    People gather at the scene of an attack in the town of Mandera, Kenya, near the border with Somalia, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. A Kenyan official says a number of people were killed in the extremist attack and that gunmen from the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab are suspected of carrying out the attack. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A survivor of the attack lies in hospital in the town of Mandera, Kenya, near the border with Somalia, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Islamic extremist gunmen from neighboring Somalia killed a number of people in an attack on non-Muslims in Kenya's northern Mandera County, an official said Tuesday. (AP Photo)

    A survivor of the attack lies in hospital in the town of Mandera, Kenya, near the border with Somalia, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Islamic extremist gunmen from neighboring Somalia killed a number of people in an attack on non-Muslims in Kenya's northern Mandera County, an official said Tuesday. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

A Kenyan official says 12 people were killed in an extremist attack targeting non-Muslims in Mandera County near the Somali border.

Mohamed Saleh, Mandera's regional commander, said Tuesday that gunmen from Somali -based extremist group al-Shabab are suspected of carrying out the attack on the Bisharo Guest House.

Al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops into Somalia since 2011 to fight the militants who are waging an insurgency against Somalia's weak, Western-backed government. Kenyan security forces have managed to stop the wave al-Shabab's attacks in major cities in Kenya that have killed hundreds.

However, Mandera County remains a volatile area. Al-Shabab militants hijacked a bus in Mandera on November 2014, and killed 28 non-Muslims on board. In December 2014 they killed 36 quarry workers.