|Butchered while attending Church.|
Seven Muslim attackers hurled grenades inside a Catholic Church and the African Inland Church and then opened fire with guns. They struck the churches, which are two miles apart.
More Islamist terrorist attacks against helpless people attending church
Seventeen people have been killed and 45 wounded in simultaneous attacks on two churches in north-eastern Kenya near the Somali border, according to a police official.
Police commander Philip Ndolo said gunmen threw grenades during the attacks on Sunday.
The bloodiest attack was on the African Inland church in Garissa, a town 120 miles west of the Somali border. Attackers threw two grenades inside the church, one of which exploded, Ndolo said.
As the congregation attempted to escape, the gunmen opened fire. 17 people were killed, including two police officers guarding the church, and about 45 wounded (updated). Muslim militants from Somalia were immediately suspected reports CNN.
At a second Catholic church in Garissa another grenade was thrown, wounding three people.
Garissa is one of two major towns near the Somali border. It lies to the west of the Dadaab refugee camp, which houses nearly 500,000 Somali refugees.
On Friday armed attackers kidnapped four international aid workers with the Norwegian Refugee Council and are believed to have taken them to Somalia.
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|A policeman handles the bodies of worshippers killed during an attack inside the African Inland Church in Garissa. (Reuters)|