Published On: Mon, Mar 24th, 2014

Kenya: Terrorists attack churches, murder 3, injuring others

Two gunmen attacked a packed church in Kenya Sunday, killing three people and wounding others, in a terrorist attack, says police.

“Both carried big guns and began shooting all over the place. I fell to the ground and could hear screams,” said Lilian Omondi in the SRN article. Omondi was leading a prayer recital at the time.

The church is near Mombasa, a coastal city, and the gunmen shouted in a foreign language before spraying bullets at the congregation. Witnesses detailed the event, noting that blood was splattered all over the Bibles as plastic chairs hurled and toppled onto the floor.

Police have offered little insight into the attack noting that the terrorists used automatic weapons and no group has claimed responsibility.

A second attack was attempted nearby in Likoni, but police on patrol arrived and the gunmen fled before firing a single shot.

SRN notes that “The violence comes at a time of heightened warnings of Islamist attacks against the east African nation and days after prosecutors charged two Somalis with terrorism-related offences after police seized a car packed with explosives. The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab and their Kenyan sympathizers have been blamed for other gun and grenade attacks, which have targeted churches before, in Mombasa and Nairobi.”

Kenya map source/CIA

Kenya map source/CIA

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