Kenya News: Al Shabaab denies Nairobi bombing


Kenyan policemen secure the blast area after explosions on March 10, 2012 at a bus station in downtown Nairobi that killed at least three people and wounded more than 20 others. Al Shabaab forwarded a press release to journalists on Monday, in which it denied having a role in the attack.


Simon Maina

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya's internal security minister blamed Al Shabaab for a deadly grenade attack on a bus station in Nairobi, but in a press statement emailed to journalists on Monday from the Somali militants denied having anything to do with, "the turbulence that reigns over the country."

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An Al Shabaab official in Somalia also denied responsibility. "We are not actually involved in such low-scale attacks. Al Shabaab has nothing to do with the hand grenade attacks that hit Nairobi," said Sheik Mohamed Ibrahim.

A man convicted of carrying out a similar style bombing last year was a Muslim convert from western Kenya — far from Somalia — who was not thought to have any formal links to the Al Qaeda-aligned militants.

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It may be that Saturday's attack was similarly inspired, rather than ordered, by Al Shabaab but with Kenyan police releasing their only suspects — four people arrested on Monday — it may be sometime before those responsible are known and their motives become clear.

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