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Suspect in Kenya Grenade Attacks Says He Is Member of Al-Shabab


Oct. 24, 2011: Kenyan police patrol outside the pub that was the scene of a suspected grenade blast in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, which a police official said wounded over a dozen people. (AP)

The Kenyan suspect arrested after two grenade blasts exploded in Nairobi says he is a member of the Somali militant group al-Shabab.

Elgiva Bwire Oliacha, 28, pleaded guilty in court on Wednesday to nine charges, including being responsible for Monday's twin grenade blasts.

The blasts came about a week after hundreds of Kenyan forces moved into neighboring Somalia to attack al-Shabab militants.

Al-Shabab, Somalia's most dangerous militant group, threatened to carry out terror attacks in Kenya in retaliation.

Police arrested the suspect on Tuesday and said that he was from a Kenyan tribe and was not ethnic Somali.