Blasts, gunfire in Kenya's Wajir

Blasts, gunfire in Kenya's Wajir

Monday, December 1, 2014 7:38 pm

Gunmen hurled grenades and sprayed bullets at a bar in the northeastern Kenyan town of Wajir, the latest in a series of attacks in the region, the Red Cross said Monday.

One person was “feared dead” and five others were rushed to hospital with wounds, said the Kenyan Red Cross, which reported “three blasts and gunshots” at a club in the town, where Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab and other militia have carried out a string of raids.

Gunmen appeared to have targeted a bar popular with workers from outside the majority Muslim town.

The gunfire follows an attack last month in which Islamists executed 28 non-Muslims who were grabbed from a bus in the far northeast of the country, near the town of Mandera.

The Shehab said the bus attack was carried out in revenge for police raids on mosques in Kenya’s key port of Mombasa.

Kenya has suffered a series of attacks since invading Somalia in 2011 to attack the Shebab. Kenyan forces have since joined an African Union force battling the Islamists.

No claim of responsiblity for Monday’s Wajir attack has been made.

Several key unions including for civil servants have warned members to leave the restive northeast until the government can ensure their safety.

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  • petero says:

    very sad indeed

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