World Bulletin / News Desk
Masked attackers killed at least 17 people on Sunday in gun and grenade attacks on churches in a Kenyan town used as a base for operations against insurgents in Somalia.
At least 45 people were wounded in the simultaneous attacks on Garissa, in the north of the East African country which has suffered a series of blasts since sending troops into Somalia last October to attck Somalia's al Shabaab.
"We have 17 bodies at the mortuary so far," regional medical officer Abdikadir Sheikh told Reuters.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Police said they suspected the attacks could have been the work of al Shabaab sympathisers or bandits, but it was too early to say. Inside Somalia, al Shabaab declined comment.
"The goons were clad in balaclavas," regional deputy police chief Philip Ndolo told Reuters from Garissa.
He said a total of seven attackers hurled grenades inside the Catholic Church and the African Inland Church and then opened fire with guns. They struck the churches, which are 3 km (two miles) apart, at around 10.15 a.m. (0715 GMT)
Two policemen were among the dead.
The town of around 150,000, a market centre for the trade in camels, donkeys, goats and cattle, is largely populated by ethnic Somalis.
"You can imagine for such a small town how the police and medical services have been stretched trying to deal with this," the police's Ndolo said.
Garissa is about 100 km (60 miles) from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp.
John Kerry told a news conference in Nairobi, adding Washington was offering funds that could help set up a justice mechanism to hold to account those responsible for violence.
The President swore the oath of office in a brief ceremony in the capital Lome that was accompanied by a 21-gun salute.
Kongo issued new law that women will be able to wear the full-face veil in their homes or in mosques, but not in public places like the market.
Psident Reuven Rivlin expressed empathy for members of the Ethiopian community on Monday, admitting that the State of Israel had “erred” in its treatment of the group
Participants in the demonstration, which was organized by the National Committee to Break the Siege of Gaza, waved Palestinian flags and chanted slogans
His trip to the African country coincides with improving U.S.-Kenyan ties and sets the stage for President Barack Obama's visit this summer.
Merkel said intelligence agencies are working to ensure the public's safety and the German government will do everything it can to ensure that it can carry out its job
Lieberman said that the coalition government currently being set up by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was "the embodiment of opportunism"
The four submarines involved, including a Swedish one, will be tasked to approach and target the ships undetected, simulating an attack on surface ships.
Burundi activist says two protesters were killed on Monday, no police comment.
US House committee discussed bill on April 29 aiming to provide weapons to Kurds and Sunni tribes in Iraq.
Civil society groups and political activists in South Africa have accused the government of spying on their operations in contravention of the law
An Israeli NGO said it had collected testimony from 60 Israeli soldiers and officers who had participated in last summer's offensive – dubbed "Operation Protective Edge" – against the Gaza Strip.
Republican former CEO Carly Fiorina says he enters White House race
U.S. companies are prevented from investing in Iran's oil and gas industries or trading with them.
Armed mercenaries serving the Eritrean government are terrorizing civilians in northern Djibouti, Interior Minister Hassan Omar Mohamed said in a statement