Kenya leader calls raids political

He cites local motive, but Somali group claims the 63 killings

Posted: June 18, 2014 at 4:57 a.m.

Security forces walk Tuesday past a barricade of burning tires set up by villagers in Kibaoni outside Mpeketoni, Kenya, to protest recent killings and what they said was the government’s failure to provide them security.

Kenya's president said Tuesday that assaults over two nights that killed an estimated 63 people were the work of "local political networks," and were not carried out by al-Shabab, a Somali extremist group that has claimed responsibility for the violence.

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