Al-Shabaab Claims Responsibility for Garissa Attacks
"The mujahedeen (holy warriors) punished with their hands those believing and worshipping other than Allah. The militants will continue until such practice is eliminated."
07/04/2012 Kenya (KBC)-The twin attacks on the Our Lady of Consolata Catholic Church and the Garissa AIC took place around 10.20am
Somalia militia group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for Sunday's twin attacks on two churches in Garissa County that left 17 people dead.
The latest development came even as muslim leaders in Kenya agreed to form self-defence groups to protect churches following the deadly attacks.
In a tweet on Wednesday morning, the insurgents said they carried out the attacks in retaliation for Kenya Defence Forces (KDF)'s incursion in Somalia.
An Al-Shabaab loyalist Sheikh Hassan Takar said that the militia killed people who did not profess allegiance to Allah.
"The mujahedeen (holy warriors) punished with their hands those believing and worshipping other than Allah," he said.
"The militants will continue until such practice is eliminated." He added
They urged the Kenyan government to pull its troops out of Somalia, warning that they will target major buildings in Nairobi if they continue fighting the insurgents.
At the same time, Adan Wachu, head of the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims, told the BBC the attacks were acts of terrorism.
Muslim and Christian leaders in the country have moved to reassure Kenyans that the Garissa attacks had nothing to do with religion.
The leaders said that Kenyans have coexisted for long regardless of their religious beliefs.
Meanwhile the government has maintained that it will not withdraw the Kenya Defense Forces from Somalia.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga says doing so would be tantamount to surrendering to terrorists.