Gunmen kill two in attack on church near Kenya's Mombasa- witnesses

by Reuters
Sunday, 23 March 2014 09:50 GMT

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MOMBASA, Kenya, March 23 (Reuters) - Two gunmen stormed a church near the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa on Sunday and opened fire on worshippers, killing two people and wounding others, witnesses said.

One witness said the gunmen shouted out in a foreign language before shooting indiscriminately at the congregation. Blood-spattered Bibles and overturned plastic chairs lay strewn across the church's floor after the attack.

"Two people wearing masks entered the church and then started spraying bullets at us," Margaret Mwangi told Reuters.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack.

The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab and their Kenyan sympathisers have been blamed for other gun and grenade attacks, which have targetted churches before, in Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi. (Reporting by Joseph Akwiri; Editing by Richard Lough and Sonya Hepinstall)

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