At Least 15 Die in Kenya Church Attacks

Kenya Church Attacks

At least 15 Kenyan Christians have been killed by masked gunmen in two churches in eastern Kenya, The New York Times reports on July 1, 2012

“Masked gunmen hurled grenades into two churches in eastern Kenya on Sunday and then sprayed gunfire at fleeing worshipers, killing at least 15 people in one of the worst terrorist attacks Kenya has suffered in years.

When Kenyan forces stormed into Somalia eight months ago, Somalia’s fiercest militant Islamist group, the Shabab, vowed to wreak vengeance.”

“At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, four gunmen attacked the African Inland Church in Garissa, an outpost town in the arid flatlands near the border with Somalia. Kenyan police officials said the gunmen had hurled two grenades into the church and shot and killed two police officers who had been posted at the church’s door because of several recent attacks in Garissa.

The gunmen then fired the police officers’ high-powered assault rifles at worshipers pouring out of the church in a desperate stampede. Witnesses said at least 15 people had been killed and as many as 50 wounded. The local media showed scenes of bloody bodies sprawled under the church’s pews.

About the same time, two other assailants hurled grenades into a Roman Catholic church in Garissa, wounding three people.”

Lately militants considered to be connected to the Shabab have organized more than a dozen terrorist attacks in Kenya.