Somalia’s Shabaab behind Kenya church massacres?

Gunmen killed 17 people and wounded dozens in gun and grenade attacks on two churches in the Kenyan town of Garissa near the border with Somalia on July 1. Wearing balaclavas, the attackers killed two police posted outside churches following previous attacks before bursting inside to target worshippers as they held prayer services. Witnesses said bodies lay scattered on the floor inside the churches—one Roman Catholic, the other of the nondenominational Africa Inland Church. At least 40 were rushed to the hospital, several in a critical condition, the Kenyan Red Cross said. Three children are reported to be among the dead. Later, the Twitter site Al-Kataib, maintained by supporters of Somalia’s Shabaab rebel movement, boasted of a “successful operation in Garissa.” (NAU, July 1)

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