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Nairobi blasts: Shabaab denies involvement

13 March 2012, 12:16

Mogadishu - Somalia's Shabaab rebels on Monday denied being behind grenade blasts that killed six people in the Kenyan capital at the weekend, which Nairobi blamed on the extremist insurgents.

"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 senior Shabaab official.

Kenya's Internal Security Minister on Sunday said they suspected the Shabaab was responsible for the attack in which four grenades were thrown at a busy bus terminus on Saturday from a car driving past.

Al-Shabaab has threatened Kenya since it sent its troops into Somalia in mid-October to dislodge the Islamic insurgents controlling swathes of the south, which it accused of a series of kidnappings and attacks on its territory.

The attack was the deadliest in Nairobi since one in June 2010, not attributed to Islamists, during a public meeting against the adoption of a new constitution, in which the death toll was also six.

Despite the denial the Shabaab official renewed the al-Qaeda-linked insurgents' threats to launch more attacks.

"There will be a day we will hit their cities if they continue with their aggression," Ibrahim told AFP.




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