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Al-Shabaab hurls 3 grenades at airport in Garissa

04 April 2014, 15:19

Garissa - Suspected Al-Shabaab militants on Thursday evening hurled three hand grenades at the Dadaab airstrip, targeting the police officers guarding the facility.

Regional Criminal Investigations Department (CID) commander Musa Yego said on Friday there were no injuries reported in the incident which has caused panic to the border town.

Yego said the insurgents were solely targeting the officers who were guarding the facility which is 2 km from the town.

"These criminals wanted the police to come out of the airstrip compound so that they could hurl some more hand grenades and then follow it with gun shots," Yego told Xinhua on Friday.

"Our officers were this time round clever enough because they did not rush into coming out of the airstrip but chose to stay inside the compound. This is what saved them, otherwise we could be talking of injuries and deaths by now," Yego added.

The CID boss added that no suspect has been arrested in connection to the incident but added that police were investigating the matter.

The incident comes just a week after police in Dadaab gunned two suspected Al-Shabaab militia in a refugee camp and recovered two AK 47 riffles.

The Thursday's incident led to tension in Dadaab town that had in the last few months enjoyed relative calm.

The country has in the recent weeks witnessed a series of grenade and gun attacks with Nairobi and Mombasa being the main targets. Several people have lost their lives as a result and scores injured.

The government said security forces have stepped up measures to flash out the militia who are said to be hiding in major towns.

Movement in Dadaab has been restricted until daybreak following last night's explosions at the airstrip, the Disaster Operations Center said on Friday, adding that flights coming in are on hold.

"Daadab explosion was located near the airstrip. Police have secured the area and remain on high alert. No injuries reported. Explosion and gunshots reported earlier in Dadaab. Cause remains unclear, but main camp and international NGO compound are secure," the center said on Thursday night.

 - Xinhua

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