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Attacks on Kenyan coastal towns kill at least 29

At least 29 people have died in the latest militant attacks in eastern Kenya.

Militants raided 2 coastal towns on Saturday. They stormed a police station and freed suspects, set houses ablaze and fired guns at random.

Islamist group Al-Shabab, based in neighboring Somalia, said in a statement that its members had freed comrades detained at the police station.

Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for attacks on other towns in the same area last month. More than 60 people were killed in 3 days.

The group says the raids are retaliation against the Kenyan government for its military intervention in Somalia.

Kenya's security authorities launched a crackdown on insurgents but have not been able to stop terrorist attacks.

Jul. 6, 2014 - Updated 15:40 UTC