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Blowback? Kenya pins Nairobi grenade attack on Somali Islamists

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(Read caption) Kenyan policemen secure the blast area after four explosions in Kenya's capital Nairobi March 10. An explosion at a bus station in downtown Nairobi on Saturday evening killed at least two people and wounded more than 30, the Kenyan Red Cross said.

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Kenyan police have arrested four people in connection with a grenade attack on Sunday at a crowded bus stand near Nairobi. The Kenyan government blamed the grenade blast – which killed seven people, and wounded more than 50 others – on Al Shabab, a Somali Islamist insurgent group that has openly aligned itself with Al Qaeda.

“Obviously we suspect this attack to be linked to Al Shabab, and we are going to pursue them within and into Somalia,” said Kenyan Internal Security Minister George Saitoti.

Al Shabab spokesman Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Musab did not directly confirm Al Shabab’s involvement in the blast, but was quoted on Sunday as saying that Kenya and Al-Shabab are at war. Kenya has sent troops into Somalia to go after the militant group. A regional official with Al Shabab told Somalia Report that Al Shabab was indeed responsible for the attack.


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