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Kenya's president says extremist attacks meant to ignite sectarian violence won't succeed

Kenya's president says recent attacks in the country, blamed on Somali-based Islamic militants, are meant to provoke a sectarian war but it won't succeed.

Uhuru Kenyatta said Friday the war being fought is not a war of religions, or a clash of culture but a "fight against a small and vicious set of deluded criminals."

Kenya has been hit by a wave of explosive and gun attacks mainly targeting Kenyans who are not Somali or Muslims. Last month gunmen attacked a church in the Kenya's coastal region killing six people days after police impounded a car bomb.

Somali militant group al-Shabab has vowed to carry out terror attacks on Kenyan soil in retaliation for the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia helping the government crush the insurgency.