Kenya: child killed, many injured in attack on church

One child was killed and six are in hospital with critical injuries, after a grenade attack on a church in Nairobi this morning, the Red Cross report.

A hand grenade was thrown into St Polycarp Kenyan Anglican church on Juja Road during a crowded service. Following the attack more people were hurt as they rushed to escape the building.

There have been a series of attacks in Kenya over the past six months - in churches, a bar in Mombasa and a bus station.

Police say they suspect 'sympathisers of Somalia's al-Shabab Islamist militants were responsible.

Kenyan troops are currently part of an African Union mission that has forced al-Shabab from its last Somali urban stronghold of Kismayo.

Nairobi police chief Moses Ombati has appealed for calm after youths reportedly attacked a nearby mosque in retaliation.

Source: Red Cross/Daily Nation

Tags: grenade attack, Juja Road, Mombasa, Somalia's al Shabab Islamist militants, St Polycarp Kenyan Anglican

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