Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

3 dead, 15 wounded in Nairobi blast

08 December 2012, 10:22

Nairobi - 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-Shabaab 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 sympathisers are suspected in many of the attacks, although authorities have not definitively linked all the attacks to the Islamist group or its sympathisers.

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 19:30 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 on Wednesday near a military base in the same neighbourhood wounded eight people.

- AP

NEXT ON NEWS24 KENYAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Love does not exist, life does

Love does not exist. Life does. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
No man can never justify strippin...

No man can ever justify stripping a woman and that is the harsh reality. Read more...

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Controversial festival returns

The controversial Daylight Festival has returned to Kenya. Read more...

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Michelle Morgan starts new career

Former TV presenter Michelle Morgan has stared a new career. Read more...

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Local musician in near fatal acci...

Local musician nearly killed in fatal accident. Read more...

Submitted by
Nechesa Chemoi898
Five arraigned in court for strip...

Five men were arraigned in the Makadara Law Courts over the stripping of a woman in Nairobi’s Kayole area, two weeks ago. Read more...