Gunmen suspected to be the dreaded al-Shabaab have reportedly massacred at least 36 workers on an attack on a stone quarry near Kenya’s border with Somalia.
Sources told The Associated Press that suspected Islamist militants started shooting after separating workers into groups of perceived Muslims and non-Muslims.
The source said several were beheaded, while others were shot in the back of the head.
“It is sad that we have another 36 people who were attacked and killed late last night in the same manner it happened on a bus recently. It happened at a quarry about 15 km (10 miles) from Mandera town,” said Mandera county governor Ali Roba.
A witness at the scene counted 36 bodies at the Korome quarry. All the victims had been shot in the head, except for four who had been beheaded.
The witness said the workers were attacked while sleeping in their tents at the quarry.
Kenya has suffered a string of gun and grenade attacks since it sent troops into Somalia to fight al-Shabaab in late 2011.