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Al Shabaab attacks village in Kenya’s Garisssa

The ministry of interior said on Friday the militants entered Yumbis village, 70 km north of Garissa town and so far no casualties were reported

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Al Shabaab militants attacked a village in the northeastern Kenyan county of Garissa, the ministry of interior said on Friday.

The Somalia-based al Shabaab group, which has carried out frequent attacks in Kenya in recent years to try to force Nairobi to pull its troops out of Somalia, struck a university in the same area last month, killing 148 people.

A ministry statement said the militants entered Yumbis village, 70 km north of Garissa town, on Thursday evening.

"Security forces swiftly mobilized and engaged the militants in a gun battle. No casualties were reported," the ministry said.

Kenya's tourism industry, a top foreign exchange earner, has borne the brunt of the attacks, as worried tourists cancel their bookings.