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Al-Shabaab militants shot men in a hotel, and told women to watch, according to a police commander

*(Via NBC News) – Dozens of Somali extremists wielding automatic weapons attacked a Kenyan coastal town for hours, assaulting the police station, setting two hotels on fire, and spraying bullets into the street. At least 48 people were killed, officials said Monday.

The assault began around 8 p.m. local time on Sunday as residents were watching World Cup matches on TV. The attack met little resistance from the country’s security apparatus, and lasted until early Monday morning.

Authorities blamed al Shabaab, Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked terror group.

Kenya’s top police commander, David Kimaiyo, said the death toll was 48. Another police commander said that as residents were watching the World Cup at the Breeze View Hotel, the gunmen pulled the men aside and ordered the women to watch as they killed them. The attackers told the women that that’s what Kenyan troops are doing to Somalia men inside Somalia. The police commander insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to share that detail of the attack.

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