Seven people have been killed at a casino in a coastal Kenyan town during a failed raid by a machete-wielding gang of 50 people on Malindi Casino.
Defending the property, police shot dead six of the attackers whilst at least one officer also died.
The 50-strong gang attacked the venue in Malindi, some 120km north of Mombasa.
Ambrose Munyasia, a spokesman, said the attack had been carried out by Mombasa Republic Council (MRC), an outlawed separatist group who claims to fight for the ‘oppressed’ people of Kenya’s coastal region.
“A gang of 50 MRC suspects armed with machetes and other crude weapons raided a casino in Malindi and started attacking patrons before police were called,” he revealed.
Coast Provincial Police Chief Aggrey Adoli said: “There was a raid at Malindi Casino during which six of the attackers were shot dead. Unfortunately, we lost one police officer who was among those deployed to guard the casino. We had four officers stationed there. A major security operation is underway in forests around Malindi in search of this group.”
Randu Ruwa, the MRC’s secretary general, said: “The objective of our movement is to lift the coastal people from the neo-colonialism of the government of Kenya.”
Mombasa is a popular hub for tourism in Kenya, with its Indian Ocean coastline drawing visitors from around the world to a string of luxury resorts.