Sunday, November 4, 2012

Grenade Wounds Several at Kenyan Church

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Officials in eastern Kenya say a grenade attack on a church Sunday has wounded at least eight people, some seriously.

The pastor of the Utawala Interdenominational Church in the town of Garissa is reported to be among the victims, along with several police officers. The attack took place at a church inside a police compound.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.

Militants have targeted Kenyans since the country's troops were deployed to Somalia to help fight al-Shabab rebels linked to al-Qaida.  Two attacks at churches in Garissa in July killed nearly 20 people.

Authorities are investigating whether Sunday's attackers are linked to Somali militants.

from VOA News
November 04, 2012


Sun Nov 4, 2012 9:27am GMT
By Abdisalan Mohamed

Blast in Kenya's Garissa injures at least 11: Red Cross

GARISSA, Kenya (Reuters) - A suspected grenade attack on a church in the eastern Kenya town of Garissa injured at least 11 people on Sunday, the Kenya Red Cross and local media said.

Militants have staged several attacks since Kenya sent troops into Somalia a year ago to fight al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab rebels following raids and kidnappings in the border region that threatened tourism and wider regional instability.

Of the 11 injured people at Garissa's district hospital, three were in need of air evacuation and the hospital urgently needed blood, the Kenya Red Cross said.

Mohamed Musa, superintendent of the hospital, told Reuters there had been no deaths reported.

Two television channels said the Utawala Interdenominational Church, in a police compound, had been attacked and that gunfire could still be heard at the scene of the blast. No one from the police was immediately available to comment.

In September, a grenade attack on a church in Nairobi by suspected al Shabaab sympathisers killed a nine-year-old boy. In July, attacks on two churches in Garissa killed 17.
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