Cape Town – A white man speaking "fluent British English" reportedly led al-Shabaab Islamists who attacked the town of Mpeketoni and surrounding villages on Kenya’s coast, killing dozens of people.
According to The Telegraph, several people in Mpeketoni said the gang's leader was pale-skinned and spoke English and Arabic.
The accounts strengthened suggestions that the attackers were part of a well-trained team sent by al-Shabaab under the co-ordination of an experienced foreign jihadi, the report said.
One of the witnesses was quoted as saying she saw a white man who spoke fluent British English commanding the rest of the attackers.
Another said there was a white man among the attackers who kept shouting and commanding them. She said at one point he spoke in Arabic but most of the time in English.
This comes a few days after President Uhuru Kenyatta blamed "local political networks" for the killings of people in two attacks in the coastal region.
This was despite the fact that the Somalia-based al-Qaeda army had already claimed responsibility.
According to an AFP report, the Islamist group said its fighters carried out two nights of carnage that left close to 60 Kenyans dead before they "returned peacefully to their base".