Interior Minister fired & Kenya police chief quits following attack

Dec 2, 2014 8:21 AM by Cheryl Wengren

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Kenya's Interior Minister has been fired and the police chief has resigned following the latest attack by Islamic extremists.

Police say 36 quarry workers in northern Kenya were killed by Islamic extremists from Somalia who were targeting non-Muslims.

One worker says about 50 heavily armed people walked into the camp this morning and fired warning shots, but he ran and hid. He says the gunmen first ordered the workers to recite the Shahada, an Islamic creed declaring oneness with God. Gunshots followed.

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta named an opposition politician and former army general, Joseph Nkaissery, to replace Interior Minister Ole Lenku.

Police Chief David Kimaiyo said he resigned for personal reasons.

Public pressure had been mounting for the two officials to be replaced following a string of extremist attacks, including one 10 days ago in which 28 non-Muslims were dragged out of a bus and shot dead by Islamic extremists.


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