Children wounded in latest Kenya church attack

By IndepthAfrica
In Kenya
Sep 30th, 2012

Kenyan riot police officers stand guard Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 after religious leaders and area member of parliament Ali Hassan Joho visited a church in Kisauni north Mombasa, which was destroyed my Muslim youth followed the death of a controversial Muslim preacher Aboud Rogo Mohammed. Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed who was sanctioned by the U.S. and U.N. for his alleged support for an al-Qiada-linked militant group, was shot to death by unknown gunmen Monday morning in his car as he drove family members including his five-year-old daughter who was unharmed. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

A number of children have been hurt in a grenade attack on a church in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, police and media say.

The attacker targeted the Sunday school section of the church on Juja Road.

The Daily Nation newspaper said one child was killed.

Attacks on Kenyan churches in July prompted the country’s Inter-Religious Council chairman to urge a united front against sectarian division.

Deputy police spokesman Charles Owino told Reuters news agency: “There was an attack at St Polycarp’s church on Juja Road. Three children were injured.”

The Daily Nation quoted local police as saying that a number of those hurt were injured in a stampede after the attack.
‘Another Nigeria’

In July, 15 people were killed in raids on churches in Garissa, near Kenya’s border with Somalia.

At the time, there was speculation that the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab or its sympathisers were responsible.

Adan Wachu, chairman of the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya, told the BBC Network Africa programme at the time: “There are people out there who are determined to make Kenya another Nigeria.

“It’s not going to be allowed to have a sectarian division in this country – whoever wants to do that will of course fail.”

Attacks on churches in Nigeria have been frequent this year.

Many of them have been blamed on the Boko Haram group, which wants to establish Islamic law in a country where the north is largely Muslim and the south mainly Christian and animist. BBC

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