Nairobi: In the latest wave of attacks, grenades were thrown inside two churches in Kenya, near the border with Somalia, killing 16 and injuring 40 others on Sunday, Kenya police said.
The dead included 10 women, five men and one juvenile.
Regional deputy police chief Philip Ndolo told a news agency that the death toll had risen to 16 and 40 got injured.
He also added: “The goons were clad in balaclavas and hurled the grenades at the Catholic Church and the AIC (African Inland Independent Church in the town”.
Ndolo said that the bloodiest attack was on the African Inland Church in Garissa, where two grenades were hurled at the congrgation, out of which just one exploded.
But as the crowd rushed out of the church, the unidentified gunmen, supposedly militants from Somalia, snatched the guns from two police officers and opened gunfire at them.
Meanwhile, at a Catholic church in Garissa, an attacker threw a grenade, wounding three people.
Garissa is an important military base from where ground forces have been deployed across the frontier into Somalia. It lies just to the west of the Dadaab refugee camp, which houses nearly 500,000 Somali refugees.
With Agency Inputs