Aftermath of attack on Catholic church which wounded three, hospital
4 years ago
(1 Jul 2012) Three people were wounded in an attack on a Catholic church on Sunday in the Kenyan city of Garissa, one of two attacks to afflict worshippers in Christian churches there.
Showing the damage to his church, Father Nicholas Mutua said the attackers “threw some grenades from outside over the fence” of the church.
Mutua said that eight people in total were injured, three of them seriously enough to remain in hospital for treatment.
One of those, Safari Musembi, told of his ordeal.
“We just heard loud noises coming from somewhere and I came out with my friend Jeremiah and then a grenade landed just next to me and when I was trying to grab him, the grenade just exploded… Then I saw another grenade near us and I told him not to get up, I pulled him and we went to a safer place,” he said.
The bloodiest of the two attacks was against the African Inland Church, where gunmen killed two policemen guarding it, snatched their rifles and then opened fire on the congregation from inside and out, killing 15 people and wounding 40.
Police commander Philip Ndolo told reporters he wanted an investigation carried out before assigning blame to the group many people in this region assume is at fault: al-Shabab, the most dangerous militant group in Somalia.
Garissa is one of two major Kenyan towns near the border with Somalia, located some 195 kilometres (120 miles) west of the Somali border.
It lies just to the west of the Dadaab refugee camp, which houses nearly 500-thousand Somali refugees.
Areas of northern and eastern Kenya along the border with Somalia have suffered a series of gunfire and grenade attacks over the last year.
Kenya sent troops into Somalia last October to hunt al-Shabab fighters.
The militants, who are allied with al-Qaida, have threatened repeatedly to carry out revenge attacks for Kenya’s push into Somalia.
Sunday’s attacks appear to be part of that trend.
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