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Catholic church in Kenya attacked; Al Shabaab suspected

September 26, 2013

A Catholic church in northern Kenya was attacked with grenades on September 25, in what is believed to be another action by the Somalian terrorist group Al Shabaab.

Assailants threw two grenades at the church in Wajir, then shot at police before making their escape, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reports. Gunmen opened fire on police in another town nearby, killing two officers and wounding three others.

Al Shabaab, an Islamic group fighting for control of Somalia, has opened an offensive in Kenya, aimed at persuading the Kenyan government to pull peacemaking troops out of Somalia, paving the way for Al Shabaab to extend its control over a larger portion of the country. The terrorist group's most dramatic action to date has been the massacre at the Westgate mall in Nairobi.


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