At least 48 people were killed Sunday night and early Monday morning when dozens of militants hoisting automatic weapons attacked the Kenyan city of Mpeketoni. Authorities said the gunmen attacked a police station, set fire to two hotels, and sprayed a deluge of bullets into the streets of the coastal town. The attack began around 8 p.m. local time, as many fans were watching the World Cup on TV.
The attackers were met with little resistance. Local police officials blamed al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda linked group behind a recent string of terrorist attacks in the country. Yesterday's bloody attack is the country's worst since September 2013, when al-Shabaab gunmen killed 67 people at a Nairobi mall. --Jordan Valinsky