Kenya police: church attacks kill 15, wound 40

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Officials in Kenya say gunmen killed two policemen guarding a church, snatched their rifles and then opened fire on worshippers, killing 15 people and wounding 40.

A police commander says two gunmen entered the African Inland Church in the city of Garissa on Sunday morning while two others waited outside. He says when the congregation fled the building, they ran straight into another hail of bullets from gunmen outside, and at least one grenade was detonated in the attack. The gunmen then fled.

The police were guarding the church because of the increasingly dangerous security situation near the border with Somalia and because Somalia's Islamist militants have made Christian churches a common target.

Officials say a grenade attack against the Roman Catholic cathedral in Garissa wounded three people Sunday.

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