Grenade attack hits northeastern Kenyan district: police

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Posted: Dec 24, 2011 2:38 PM
Grenade attack hits northeastern Kenyan district: police

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A grenade blast hit a club frequented by civil servants and aid workers in Wajir district in north eastern Kenya near the Somali border Saturday, police said, and Kenyan television reported seven people had been wounded.

"Ngamia club has been attacked and hit by a grenade. No death has been reported but people were injured. They have been taken to hospital," North Eastern police commander Leo Nyongesa told Reuters.

Earlier Saturday, Kenyan media reported police had detained two Kenyans suspected of being affiliated to Somalia's al Shabaab militant group whom Kenyan forces have been battling in the anarchic Horn of Africa country.

Kenyan forces crossed into neighboring Somalia to crush the al Qaeda-linked militants whom it blamed for a spate of kidnappings and cross-border attacks on its soil.

Somalia has denied responsibility for the killings and has threatened major retaliation against Kenya.

Two grenade blasts killed one person and wounded more than 20 in Nairobi in late October in attacks that were blamed on al Shabaab. A Kenyan man who pleaded guilty to one grenade attack and membership of al Shabaab was sentenced to life in prison.

Since then there have been a spate of low-level attacks on Kenyan security forces near the border.

(Reporting by Noor Ali; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Myra MacDonald)