Two killed in Garissa grenade attack

A hand grenade. Six children died and five others were injured after an old hand grenade they were playing with exploded. 

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Two people were killed and 5 seriously injured following a grenade attack on Garissa's Pentecostal Church, Northern Kenya on Saturday night.

The grenade blasts occurred inside a house within the Garissa East Africa Pentecostal church compound.

According to Rev Ibrahim Makunyi, who was inside the compound during the explosion, two grenades were hurled into the house next to the church's main entry door.

He said the first grenade did not explode but the second one resulted in a huge blast.

‘’I thought it was an electric fault but when I rushed to the scene I found some victims writhing in pain and lying in a pool of blood,’’ he said.

One of the victims died instantly while the other passed on at Garissa provincial general hospital as doctors were attending to him.

By the time the Nation visited the church, hundreds of people had thronged the compound as armed military and police officers patrolled the scene.

Area MP Aden Duale asked the provincial security committee to investigate the incident that he termed as inhuman and cowardly.

He urged the public to cooperate with the government and alert police of any strangers in the area.

‘’We should be concerned with what happens around us. The Al-Shabaab have recruited Kenyans and we should be accurate with the kind of information we are giving out,’’ he said.

Garissa Supkem chairman Abdullahi Salat also condemned the attack on the church saying it would sow seeds of discord among Muslims and Christians who live in harmony.

He said clerics should join hands to ensure those behind the attack are arrested .