Kenya Releases Suspects in Grenade Attacks

A policeman inspects pockets of a man killed in an explosion in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, March 10, 2012.
A policeman inspects pockets of a man killed in an explosion in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, March 10, 2012.

Kenyan police have released four people arrested in connection with deadly grenade attacks blamed on the Somali militant group, al-Shabab.

Lawyers for the suspects say the four were questioned about their involvement in the bombings and released on Monday.  They say the men were asked to report to police again on Tuesday.

Those arrested included three teenagers and an adult, Sylvester Opiyo, who was previously arrested in December on suspicion of having links to al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab has denied it was responsible for Saturday's attack.

The attack targeted the outdoor terminal of a major bus station in the capital, Nairobi, killing at least six people.  About 60 others were injured.

This is the latest in a string of gun, bomb and grenade attacks that have killed dozens of people since Kenya sent troops into Somalia in October to fight al-Shabab.

The militant group recently formalized an alliance with al-Qaida, and East African governments have declared the militants to be a regional threat.  

Al-Shabab has been trying to overthrow Somalia's government and turn the country into a strict Islamic state.

The group claimed responsibility for bombings in Uganda's capital that killed more than 70 people in July 2010.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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by: rana1639
March 12, 2012 11:46 AM
is sylvester opiyo a somali name?NO? AL SHABAAB ARE said to be mostly this makes Sylvester Opiyo a local kenyan terrorist most likely working for a local politician or a right wing christian group.

by: Godwin
March 12, 2012 10:10 AM
True people who are true to themselves and not only being true in their report, they also show it to be so. I mean Kenya is definite in the number of suspects arrested in connection with grenade attack. In Nigeria similar incident happened, you are only told some militants were arrested - which is a show of ineptitude and insincerity. Even president Jonathan went on air to tell the world so - no facts, no figures. No one has been arrested, period. The president lied afraid of muslims.

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