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The origin of yesterday’s attack wasn’t known, though it was likely related to community infighting and not carried out by al-Shabaab rebels from Somalia, Kiraithe said by phone from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, today.
“We know that it was an explosion of some sort at a church, but the motivation of that incident and the perpetrators are still under investigation,” Kiraithe said. “We highly doubt al-Shabaab could have been involved because there is a dispute in that community amongst themselves, and that’s more likely the cause.”
Somalis fleeing war and drought have increased the number of refugees at the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya to 463,642, according a Nov. 4 report on the website of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Al-Shabaab has vowed to retaliate against Kenya for starting an offensive in Somalia’s south in mid-October aimed at eliminating the al-Qaeda-linked militia that has been battling Somalia’s Western-backed government for four years.
By Sarah McGregor - AP