NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Al-Shabab is claiming responsibility for the attack on a Kenyan coastal town that killed 48 people.
Al-Shabab, a Somali al-Qaida-linked group, said on Monday that it carried out the hours-long assault on Mpeketoni. The attack began Sunday night as residents watched World Cup matches on TV and lasted until early Monday, with little resistance from Kenya's security forces.
The group said the attack was in response to Kenya's "brutal oppression of Muslims in Kenya," including the killings of Muslim scholars in Mombasa, an apparent reference to recent deaths of Muslims leaders in that city on Kenya's coast.
Al-Shabab warned tourists to stay away from Kenya, saying that the once peaceful East Africa nation "is now officially a war zone."