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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014 - 5:11:05 AM
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Kenya police detain over 30 people, while religious groups unite

GARISSA, Kenya Jul 4 2012 (Garowe Online) – Kenyan authorities have arrested over 30 people after the attacks on two churches in Garissa, that killed 17 people, Radio Garowe reports.

According to Philp Ndolo the region’s deputy police chief, Kenyan authorities apprehended more than 30 people following the twin attacks on Garissa churches, earlier this week

Of the 30 plus suspects detained in the crackdown by Kenyan authorities more than 20 still remain in custody while authorities continue their interrogations.

Authorities could not verify who was behind the attacks but did speculate that it was Al Shabaab.

"We are sure Al Shabaab is behind the attacks, but right now we are only speculating," Ndolo said.

Al Shabaab hasn’t officially claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed 17 churchgoers.

Solidarity amongst Kenyans

As the Kenyan authorities continue their investigation Muslims and Christians in Kenya’s north eastern region met to show a stand of solidarity against acts of terror in Garissa.

Speaking to the BBC Aden Wachu, head of the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims said that there are those who want to see divisions between the two religions in Kenya.

“There are people out there who are determined to make Kenya another Nigeria," said Mr. Wachu.

The Inter-Religious Council of Kenya met to discuss how the different religious groups in Kenya would show there camaraderie in these testing times.

“We decided as solidarity that the Muslim youth will provide a vigilante service to the churches not only in Garissa but in any other places that the Christians may deem fit" said Mr. Wachu.

According to Mr. Wachu the group is working on how the vigilante service would provide protection to the 30 churches in Garissa.

Kenya has seen a rise in attacks after their decision last year to enter the war on Al Shabaab in Somalia.

GAROWE ONLINE
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