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Kenya terror attacks may not be work of al Shabaab, bishop says

Catholic World News - June 18, 2014

A Kenyan bishop has voiced doubts that two recent terrorist attacks have been the work of the Somalian jihadist group al Shabaab.

Bishop Emanuel Barbara of Malindi told the Fides news service that deadly attacks on the towns of Mpeketoni and Majembeni, which have been attributed to al Shabaab, are more likely the work of "an armed group formed specifically for this attack and composed of Kenyan and foreign elements."

Bishop Barbara explained that in both attacks, the victims were selected on the basis of religion and ethnic origin. Some of the attackers were recognized by survivors, he reported, and are believed to be members of an ethnic group living on the Kenyan coast.

More than 50 people were killed in the two attacks. The terrorists questioned people in the small towns about their faith, and killed those who were not Muslims.

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