October 24, 2011

Two Attacks in Kenya

Violent Islamism seems to be on the march in Kenya. No, we don't know for sure if the attacks are from al Shabaab or their sympathizers yet, but they would be first on the list of usual suspects:

Grenade blasts at a blue-collar bar and a crowded bus stop rattled Nairobi on Monday, as the country worried whether al-Qaida linked militants from Somalia were carrying out their promise to launch reprisal attacks in Kenya's capital.

The attacks came only two days after the U.S. warned of "imminent" terror attacks. The U.S. warning had implied that the Somali group al-Shabab would carry out reprisals in response to Kenyan troops' invasion of Somalia in mid-October. The militants had promised to unleash terror attacks in Nairobi in retaliation for the offensive....

The first grenade blast toppled chairs and tables at a blue-collar bar near downtown Nairobi around 1:15 a.m. Monday, wounding 12 people. Later in the evening, a blast went off as throngs of people crowded the sidewalk and tried to jam their way onto raucous mini-busses known as matatus, the primary mode of transportation for Kenya's working class.

The Red Cross said one person was killed and eight wounded in the second attack.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:10 PM | Comments |