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Kenyans hold protest to demand more security 3 days after bus massacre

  • Protesters march and carry red-painted crosses, seen in silhouette and symbolizing the blood of the 28 non-Muslims singled out and killed in the recent attack on a bus in Mandera by Somali militant group al-Shabab, outside government offices in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Demonstrators carried mock coffins and red-painted crosses in Nairobi on Tuesday, a vivid protest demanding the government provide more effective security for ordinary Kenyans and a memorial for the hundreds of Kenyans killed in recent terror attacks, as pressure builds on the government to halt a steady onslaught of gunfire and grenade assaults. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Protesters march and carry red-painted crosses, seen in silhouette and symbolizing the blood of the 28 non-Muslims singled out and killed in the recent attack on a bus in Mandera by Somali militant group al-Shabab, outside government offices in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Demonstrators carried mock coffins and red-painted crosses in Nairobi on Tuesday, a vivid protest demanding the government provide more effective security for ordinary Kenyans and a memorial for the hundreds of Kenyans killed in recent terror attacks, as pressure builds on the government to halt a steady onslaught of gunfire and grenade assaults. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A female protester wears a mask as she joins others to carry mock coffins and red-painted crosses, symbolizing the blood of the 28 non-Muslims singled out and killed in the recent attack on a bus in Mandera by Somali militant group al-Shabab, outside government offices in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Demonstrators carried mock coffins and red-painted crosses in Nairobi on Tuesday, a vivid protest demanding the government provide more effective security for ordinary Kenyans and a memorial for the hundreds of Kenyans killed in recent terror attacks, as pressure builds on the government to halt a steady onslaught of gunfire and grenade assaults. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    A female protester wears a mask as she joins others to carry mock coffins and red-painted crosses, symbolizing the blood of the 28 non-Muslims singled out and killed in the recent attack on a bus in Mandera by Somali militant group al-Shabab, outside government offices in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Demonstrators carried mock coffins and red-painted crosses in Nairobi on Tuesday, a vivid protest demanding the government provide more effective security for ordinary Kenyans and a memorial for the hundreds of Kenyans killed in recent terror attacks, as pressure builds on the government to halt a steady onslaught of gunfire and grenade assaults. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters carry mock coffins and carry red-painted crosses, symbolizing the blood of the 28 non-Muslims singled out and killed in the recent attack on a bus in Mandera by Somali militant group al-Shabab, outside government offices in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Demonstrators carried mock coffins and red-painted crosses in Nairobi on Tuesday, a vivid protest demanding the government provide more effective security for ordinary Kenyans and a memorial for the hundreds of Kenyans killed in recent terror attacks, as pressure builds on the government to halt a steady onslaught of gunfire and grenade assaults. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Protesters carry mock coffins and carry red-painted crosses, symbolizing the blood of the 28 non-Muslims singled out and killed in the recent attack on a bus in Mandera by Somali militant group al-Shabab, outside government offices in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Demonstrators carried mock coffins and red-painted crosses in Nairobi on Tuesday, a vivid protest demanding the government provide more effective security for ordinary Kenyans and a memorial for the hundreds of Kenyans killed in recent terror attacks, as pressure builds on the government to halt a steady onslaught of gunfire and grenade assaults. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of Kenyans are demonstrating in downtown Nairobi to demand that the government do more to increase security.

The demonstration Tuesday comes three days after Somali al-Shabab militants hijacked a bus in northern Kenya and killed 28 non-Muslims onboard. Protesters held red crosses to remember those killed in terror attacks.

Kenya has been fighting insecurity by Islamic extremists for years. Militants allied with al-Shabab have carried out numerous attacks in Kenya. Those attacks have led Kenyan authorities to shut down mosques and arrest Muslim leaders. Human rights groups accuse the police of killing some Muslim leaders, which critics charge only perpetuates the cycle of violence.

Newton Kidali, 30, an accountant at the demonstration, said he fears the government is encouraging extremists by closing down mosques and carrying out extra-judicial killings.