An unknown assailant reportedly threw a grenade into a cafe in a town in eastern Kenyan on Wednesday, wounding two people in a series of violence that followed two attacks by Islamists that killed more than 60 people in less than two weeks. Reuters report:
Provincial police commander Musa Yego said the grenade attack took place in Garissa, a town that lies near the Somali border.
Sporadic acts of violence are not uncommon in Garissa and other areas along the border with war-torn Somalia but tensions have been heightened since the Somalian al Shabaab Islamist group claimed two attacks further north in the Mandera area.
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In the first attack on Nov. 22, Islamist gunmen hijacked a bus and killed 28 non-Muslim passengers near Mandera town. On Tuesday, militants killed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers in the same region.
Al Shabaab has said it is punishing Kenya for sending troops to Somalia to join other African forces battling the Islamist group there.