Twin attacks on Kenyan churches leave 10 dead

Kenya's border region has been tense since it sent troops into Somalia to pursue al-Shabab Islamic militants.

 
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Nairobi: 

Attacks on two churches in a Kenyan town today left 10 people dead and about 40 injured.

Regional deputy police chief Philip Ndolo said balaclava-clad "goons" attacked the Catholic Church and the African Inland Church (AIC) in Kenyan town of Garissa near Somalia.

Police said up to seven gunmen were involved in the attacks, but none had been apprehended.

No group has yet claimed the responsibility of the attacks.

Kenya's border region has been tense since it sent troops into Somalia to pursue al-Shabab Islamic militants.

Kenya said the operations, launched last October, were designed to bring an end to kidnappings on Kenyan soil and other violence which it blamed on al-Shabab.

The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims also condemned the attacks, saying that "all places of worship must be respected."

Witnesses said that bodies were lying scattered in the blood-spattered churches as scores of wounded were rushed to hospital.

"It is a terrible scene, you can see bodies lying in the churches," regional police chief Leo Nyongesa said.

Garissa is the capital of North Eastern province, about 140km (90 miles) from the Somali border.

The town is close to the Dadaab refugee camp, where gunmen kidnapped four aid workers and killed a driver on Friday in an attack, Ndolo said.

Churches in African countries have been under attack in the recent past.

At least 101 people were killed in sectarian clashes triggered by attack on churches in Nigeria last month.

Gun battles raged between soldiers and insurgents in two Nigerian cities of Damaturu and Kaduna after suicide bombers attacked three churches.

Boko Haram, a radical sect, has been waging war to install an Islamic government and Sharia rule in Nigeria.

Source: Reuters/BBC

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