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Suspected Al-Shabaab militants behead three in coastal Kenya

Suspected Somali Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab, in an overnight attack beheads three people set several houses on fire in Kenya’s coastal region of Lamu.

The Coast Regional Police Commander Larry Kieng confirmed the attack on Friday, at Maleli, and said security officers are pursuing the attackers.

“We have launched an investigation into the attack at Maleli village by suspected Al-Shabaab militants, who also torched several houses,” Kieng told Xinhua by telephone.

The Al-Shabaab militants have since 2011 targeted the north eastern Kenya since the Kenyan soldiers entered Somalia to secure the border between the two countries and have since killed innocent citizens.

Kenya’s Interior Ministry announced that curfew was imposed in three districts following the attack.

The ministry said in a tweet that the 12-hour curfew, from 6:30 pm (1530 GMT), affects parts of Lamu, Garissa and Tana River and is to be in place for the next three months

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