Russian tourist shot dead in Mombasa, Kenya

Sunday 06 July 2014 22.09
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Police investigating murder of Russian tourist in Mombasa
Police investigating murder of Russian tourist in Mombasa
20 people in Gama area were shot dead overnight
20 people in Gama area were shot dead overnight
Two separate raids on areas on the Kenyan coast
Two separate raids on areas on the Kenyan coast
Hindi is around 15km from the coastal town of Lamu (pictured)
Hindi is around 15km from the coastal town of Lamu (pictured)
Police investigate killings as fears death toll could rise
Police investigate killings as fears death toll could rise

A Russian tourist has been shot dead in Kenya's port city of Mombasa.

"It is unfortunate the lady who was shot has succumbed to injuries," Mombasa's deputy divisional police chief Tom Okoth said, confirming the woman's nationality as Russian.

Police said the woman was shot as she toured Fort Jesus - a 16th century Portuguese-built fort and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

She was with two other people when three gunmen opened fire and grabbed a bag containing cameras, phones and other personal belongings.

Separately, gunmen killed at least 29 people in raids on two separate areas on the Kenyan coast, the Red Cross said.

Kenya's interior ministry said the death toll had increased from a previously reported figure of 13.

Nine people lost their lives at the Hindi trading centre in Lamu county, near the scene of attacks in which 65 people were killed last month, the Red Cross said on Twitter.

At least 20 people died in a second attack was carried out in the Gamba area of Tana River county, but a interior ministry spokesman said the death toll could rise further.

Officials said a group of 10-15 men struck at Hindi last night.

Hindi is situated 15km from the town of Lamu, and close to the town of Mpeketoni, which was nearly destroyed in one of the attacks in June

The Lamu county commissioner said the attackers targeted some government offices and some properties were burnt down.

The Red Cross said three people were taken to hospital with injuries, from both areas, adding another one was reported missing in Gamba.

The Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, which has carried out a series of attacks in neighbouring Kenya, said earlier it had staged an attack yesterday in the coastal area.

The militants attacked the upscale Westgate shopping mall in the capital Nairobi last September, killing 67 people.

The wave of gun and grenade attacks along the coast and in Nairobi has hurt the tourism business, which is a key source of foreign exchange.

Keywords: al-shabaab, kenya