At least 12 people have been killed in an attack in Kenya believed to have been carried out by Islamist militants from Somalia as they targeted a guesthouse in the north-eastern town which is the latest in a spate of deadly attacks targeting Christians in the mainly Muslim region.

Police in the Kenyan border town of Mandera said the attackers seems  to belong to al-Shabab – used explosives during the overnight attack that killed 10 people who had travelled to Mandera to stage performances in schools relating to books on the curriculum.

According to Pro-Shabab media outlets,  the latest incident “killed Christian Kenyans” who were not from the local area, though earlier this month, al-Shabab militants killed six people in an attack because the group said their aim is to force Christians out of the area.