Five people were killed by an unidentified group in Kasakairu, Kenya on Monday. The killers have not been found and no one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
The villagers were killed using machetes and guns just before dawn. Six people were hospitalized.
This attack is the latest in a series of violent attacks to hit Kenya.
Just last week and 21 miles from yesterday’s attacks, villagers in Kibaoni, Majembeni, and Poromoko were attacked at night. Buildings were bombed and people who were not Muslim or could not speak Somali were shot and killed. The violence concluded the following morning. A total of 48 people were murdered.
Al-Shabaab, a radical Somali Islamic group, claimed responsibility for that attack. The group claims that the killing of Muslim clerics supporting Al-Shabaab earlier this year was their motive behind the onslaught. The same group is responsible for the Westgate Mall shooting in Nairobi.
But Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has other ideas. In his recent televised address, Kenyatta blamed local politicians for the atrocity and reassured citizens that they have, “nothing to fear.”
The ethnic violence Kanyatta is referring to stems back to the ethnic violence that started during the 2007 presidential election in Kenya.