Monday, July 02, 2012

Massacre at Kenyan church raises fears of revenge attacks

Kenyan officials appealed for calm last night after 15 people were killed and scores injured in attacks on two churches near the border with Somalia.

Sunday worshippers came under fire from guns and grenades in the north-eastern city of Garissa in attacks that resembled those used by the Nigerian Islamic militant group Boko Haram.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the killings, but Somali fighters from the al-Shabaab group have been blamed for a series of grenade attacks since Kenya sent troops into Somalia last October. Garissa, in Kenya's remote Northeastern Province, has been used as a base for operations against Somali Islamists. Read more

UPDATE 4-Attacks on Kenyan churches kill 17
Kenya church attacks 'kill 15' in Garissa
Gunmen kill 17 in Kenyan churches

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