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Al-Shabaab Beheads 9 Civilians in Kenya as It Hunts for Non-Muslims; Men 'Slaughtered Like Chickens'

Al-Shabaab, the deadliest terrorist group in Africa according to experts, beheaded nine civilians in a village in Kenya while searching for non-Muslims. 

The Associated Press reported on Saturday that the attack occurred in the Jima village in Lamu County, when about 15 radical extremists seized nine men before beheading them.

"They were slaughtered like chicken using knives. Something similar to what happened in Mpeketoni in 2014. We suspect there are many bodies that haven't been recovered," a police source told Kenya's the Star, referring to the terrorist group's slaughter of more than 60 people in 2014 near Mpeketoni.

The militants were apparently looking for "non-Muslims," but many civilians had fled as fears of the terrorist group's growing presence in the region spread. The Kenya Red Cross helped with the evacuations.

One resident, identified as Kaingu Kadzomba, shared that the militants were "only targeting male non-Muslims."

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