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Gunmen kill female tourist on Kenya coast

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm •  Published: July 24, 2014
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A female tourist was shot dead in the coastal town of Mombasa, the second foreigner shot in same area this month, police officials said Thursday.

Two men, one armed with a pistol, rounded the corner of a building along Kuze Road in the Old Town area in Mombasa, shooting dead a German woman and wounding a Ugandan man, said police official Geoffrey Maiyek. Nothing appeared to be stolen from the two who had arrived Thursday from Nairobi, he said.

The German Foreign Ministry said it was investigating reports one of its citizens had been killed in Mombasa.

The shooting took place in the same area where a Russian woman was killed earlier this month, said Henry Ondiek, the Criminal Investigations chief in Mombasa. The Russian woman, two of her friends and a tour guide were confronted by three armed men on July 6.

The Kenyan coast has been hit by a wave of insecurity. Three gunmen opened fire indiscriminately in the Soweto slum in Mombasa Sunday night killing three people.

Somali-based al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for separately killing 94 people in different gun attacks since mid-June in Lamu and Tana River counties at the coast. The Kenyan government claims local political networks are responsible.

Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab has vowed to carry out attacks on Kenyan soil to avenge the presence of Kenyan troops fighting the militants in Somalia. In September, four al-Shabab gunmen attacked an upscale mall in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, killing 67 people.

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