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Gunmen Attack Churches in Northeast Kenya

A member of the Kenyan security forces speaks on a telephone next to the body of one of those killed, outside the African Inland Church in Garissa, Kenya, July 1, 2012.
A member of the Kenyan security forces speaks on a telephone next to the body of one of those killed, outside the African Inland Church in Garissa, Kenya, July 1, 2012.
Roopa Gogineni
NAIROBI, Kenya — On Sunday, gunmen attacked two churches in Garissa, a city in northeastern Kenya. At least 17 people were killed, and more than 40 wounded. The Somali militant group al-Shabab and its supporters have been blamed for other attacks in Kenya.
 
Four gunmen attacked the African Inland Church in Garissa on Sunday morning. The shooters were masked in balaclavas, regional police chief Philip Ndolo told Reuters.  They entered the church after throwing two grenades inside. Two grenades also exploded in a nearby Roman Catholic Church. Two police are among the dead.

Qadr, a Garissa resident, is looking for his housekeeper. He fears she may be a victim of the attack.

“She’s not around, I’ve been looking for her, I don’t even know if she was one of those people who died,” he said

Garissa is a city in northeastern Kenya populated by ethnic Somalis. Garissa is located 100 kilometers from Dadaab, home to what is often considered the largest refugee camp in the world. Dadaab has received a steady stream of Somalis fleeing the civil war in their country.

Kenyan troops invaded southern Somalia last October, joining African Union troops in a battle against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab Islamists. Since the Kenyan invasion, a wave of grenade attacks and kidnappings have beleaguered Kenya. Analysts believe al Shabaab or its supporters may be behind these attacks.

Earlier this week, four foreign aid workers from the Norwegian Refugee Council were kidnapped in the Dadaab camp. Their Kenyan driver was killed.

In the last year several aid workers have been kidnapped from Dadaab. Many international NGOs and humanitarian groups have since scaled down their operations in the camp.

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by: Sciguybm from: Seattle
July 01, 2012 3:19 PM
Best case scenario: they all kill each other.
Worst case scenario: they all band together and try to kill us.
Deciding factor: getting or not getting involved in their politics.
My vote? Don't get involved in their politics.


by: Harry Kuheim from: USA
July 01, 2012 3:08 PM
Islamofascists have no reason to not go on the offensive all over the World...Western Democracies are weak,divided, and playing PC games while Islam topples one Government after the other with the blessing of the U.N. ... they are their own worst enemy.


by: Anonymous
July 01, 2012 3:05 PM
U.S. drones and more drones. we do not need to dirty ourselves while helping defend Christians in their houses of worship.


by: RC from: USA
July 01, 2012 2:58 PM
This is what we can expect in Eygpt and all other new so called democratic states, Europe and the US supported this!


by: Mulina from: Lisbon
July 01, 2012 2:56 PM
who could have done these despicable acts?

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by: Hanss from: Germany
July 02, 2012 8:58 AM
hey Mulina, lets think... could it have been done by a Catholic Christian organization...? probably not... could it have been done by Rabbinical Students...? probably not... could it have been done by Buddhist Fakirs...? probably not... do you get the picture Mulina...??? its ugly and despicable and it is in Europe... ISLAM

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