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Non Muslims in Garissa live in fear as Al Shabaab attacks increase

04 December 2014, 10:59 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Garissa town, the relatively safe haven of the attack stricken northern Kenya is now under attack, with panic now at its highest in the area.

The town has already bore the brunt of attacks in recent weeks, following the escalation of terror attacks in towns closer to Somalia, Mandera and Wajir. 

Last week, four people died in a bomb attack in the town, while just last night (Wednesday night) two people were injured in a suspected grenade attack.

At least two people were injured after unknown gunmen hurled explosives at a restaurant in the town.

Regional Criminal Investigation Department CID boss Musa Yego confirmed the incident which he said took place at around 7: 30 pm at Bulla Adhan food joint.

"A hand grenade was flung at a local food kiosk injuring two people whom we have rushed to the hospital," he told News24.

And now residents, especially those not of Somali origin, are living under increasing tension, with those of certain organizations told to seek refuge in hotels in the area.

" We have been told to seek refuge in a hotel to stay safer, Paul Katana," a pension worker in the region said.

Victor Juma, who works in a local bank there, also said that they have been advised to avoid open areas.

" We are avoiding open areas. The tendency is to attack we who are non Muslims so we have to be careful, he added.

Junior Mwai, who transports Miraa to the area also feels unsafe.

" I feel unsafe as a person who is not of Muslim or Somali origin. Hopefully the government will help us," he said.

There is reduced activity at night in the area, with the gunmen more likely to attack under the guise of darkness.

Yego though, says that his men are on top of the situation and has urged non locals to stay calm.

" Look, we are doing our best to stop the violence. We just urge Kenyans to please calm down and let police do their job," he said.

Al-Shabaab militants and their sympathizers residing in the country have taken responsibility for the spate of attacks in recent months especially in Nairobi, Mombasa and northern regions. 

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