3 dead, 15 wounded in Nairobi blast

A grenade thrown at worshippers leaving a mosque in a Somali neighborhood in the Kenyan capital killed three people and wounded 15 on Friday evening, the city's police chief said. The explosion was the second in the same Nairobi neighborhood in three days.

Kenyan media reported that a Muslim member of parliament was among the wounded, but police Chief Moses Ombati did not confirm that.

Kenyan troops moved into Somalia in late 2011, prompting al-Shabab militants in Somalia to vow revenge attacks inside Kenya. And over the past year, Kenya has seen a series of small-scale explosions, many from grenades and other small improvised explosive devices. Al-Shabab sympathizers are suspected in many of the attacks, although authorities have not definitively linked all the attacks to the Islamist group or its sympathizers.

Friday's targeting of a mosque, however, could suggest a retaliatory attack by a non-Somali Kenyan against the country's Somali community.

An angry crowd quickly gathered after the 7:30 p.m. explosion in the neighborhood, which is known as Little Mogadishu, only to disperse when police fired shots into the air. Abandoned shoes lay outside the mosque and pools of blood were visible on the mosque's steps.

A blast Wednesday near a military base in the same neighborhood wounded eight people.

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An injured person is brought to a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. The Kenyan Red Cross says two people have been killed and eight injured in Friday evening's blast , which was the second in three days. Kenya has seen a series of small-scale explosions over the last year, many from grenades and Kenyan media reported that a member of parliament was wounded in Friday's attack. Kenyan troops moved into Somalia in late 2011, prompting al-Shabab militants in Somalia to vow revenge attacks inside Kenya. Al-Shabab sympathizers are suspected in many of the blast attacks, though authorities have not clearly linked all the attacks to al-Shabab or its sympathizers. (AP Photo/Sayid Azim)