One child has been killed and three seriously hurt, police say, in a grenade attack on a church’s Sunday school in the Kenya capital, Nairobi.
The attacker targeted St Polycarp’s church on Juja Road. Sympathisers of Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamist militant group, angry over Kenya’s role in the UN-backed intervention force, were blamed by the police. A mob rounded on Somalias later, who were living close to a church, using sticks and stones in what is suspected to have been a revenge attack. 13 people had been injured in this revenge attack, in the suburb of Eastleigh, and 2 police officers had been killed near in the border of Somalia in an ambush within the town of Garissa.
Reports suggested a number of those hurt at the church were injured in a stampede after the attack. According to the local authorities, 3 children were seriously hurt, and a greater number suffered light injuries. The Red Cross before this had said however that 6 children were critically wounded.
Nairobi and Mombasa have suffered a string of such grenade attacks since last October when Kenya sent troops into Somalia. These attacks in Mombasa escalated after an Islamic preacher was killed in a drive-by shooting last August.
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