Nairobi - Two police officers and six alleged attackers were
killed in an overnight gunfight outside a casino in the Kenyan coastal resort
town of Malindi, police said on Thursday.
Local police chief Jared Ojuok said that 60 people armed
with AK-47s and machetes attacked the casino. Officers were still pursuing some
of the attackers.
Police suspected it was either criminals or members of the
Mombasa Republican Council, a separatist group operating in the coastal area.
"We are going to carry out a forensic investigation on
the six [attackers] killed to see if they are members of the MRC or just a
criminal gang," Ojouk said.
Two other officers who were shot are in stable condition.
Malindi, known for its beaches and nightclubs, is a popular
destination for European tourists.
Easter weekend is usually a busy time for the coast's
tourist industry, a key foreign currency earner. Hotels report low occupancies
due to uneasiness after a general election this month.
The disputed presidential election results are being handled
by a court, which is expected to issue a verdict on Saturday. In 2007, post
election violence claimed more than 1 000 lives.