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At least 34 dead after gunmen open fire in Kenyan coastal town

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The attacks are being blamed on the Al Shabaab terrorist group. (Source: KTN/CNN) The attacks are being blamed on the Al Shabaab terrorist group. (Source: KTN/CNN)
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MPEKETONI, Kenya (CNN) - Gunmen opened fire and shot people in the Kenyan coastal town Sunday evening, the nation's interior ministry reported.

The Kenyan National Disaster Operation Centre also said the gunmen set fire to two hotels that are used as boarding houses.

They blamed the attacks on the Al Shabaab terrorist group.

The Kenya Red Cross put the death toll from the incidents at 34.

Last month, at least 10 people were killed in two explosions Friday in central Nairobi.

As many as 76 people were wounded in the blasts at the Gikomba market and on a public minibus, the disaster agency said. Ambulances evacuated 43 injured males and 33 injured females, the Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre said.

Two suspects were arrested in connection with the explosions, which were caused by grenades, according to Nairobi Police Commandant Benson Kibuye.

There were no claims of responsibility for the attack.

The Kenyan military crossed into Somalia in 2011 to battle the terrorist group Al-Shabaab, which it blamed for kidnapping tourists in the coastal region. In retaliation, the terrorist group has launched a spate of attacks, including targeting bustling bus stations with grenades.

Last year, militants stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi and held shoppers under siege for days. At least 67 people were killed.

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