Puntland Youth Organiser
Four people were hacked to death and their houses torched in an attack claimed by Shabaab militants in Kenya's coastal Lamu county, police said.
"The attackers dragged people from their houses and killed them. We have launched investigations to establish the motive of the attack," said coastal police chief Larry Kieng.
"The number of people killed are four," he said, adding that three suspects had been taken into custody.
Kieng denied Shabaab was behind the attack Thursday night, saying it was linked to local conflict between herders and farmers.
But another senior police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, "The attack has all the hallmarks of an Al Shabaab attack. They have committed similar attacks in similar fashion before and even torched houses."