At least 48 people were left dead after gunmen reportedly flying the flag of Somalia’s al-Qaeda affiliate stormed into a Kenyan coastal town and launched a major assault on a police station, hotels and government offices.

Around 50 heavily-armed gunmen drove into the town of Mpeketoni, near the coastal island and popular tourist resort of Lamu, late on Sunday and opened fire indiscriminately on pedestrians, shop-owners and people watching the World Cup. Witnesses said they first attacked a police station, before starting to randomly shoot at civilians, some of whom had been watching the World Cup in local bars and hotels.

Benson Maisori, Lamu deputy commissioner said several buildings in the town, which is around 100 kilometres from the border with Somalia, were burned down.

“There were around 50 attackers, heavily armed in three vehicles, and they were flying the Shabab flag. They were shouting in Somali and shouting Allahu Akbar (‘God is Greatest’),” he said.

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