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1 killed, 12 injured in coastal blasts

31 March 2012, 21:35

Nairobi - Two separate grenade attacks on the Kenyan coast killed at least one person and wounded around a dozen others Saturday night, officials said.

One grenade was thrown into a crowd of people in the small town of Mpwapa, north of Mobasa, said police official Jacinta Kinywa. At least 10 people were wounded and the attacker escaped on foot, Kinywa said.

A witness, Dan Maithya, said the grenade landed on a woman, and that the blast severed her head.

A second grenade attack was carried out against a nearby bar, two Western officials said. There were reports of two people wounded in that attack.

Kenya has seen several hit-and-run grenade attacks in recent months in the capital, Nairobi. Police have blamed previous attacks on the militant group al-Shabaab, but the Somali insurgent group has denied involvement.

The attacks don't bear the hallmarks of the type of strikes that the al-Qaida linked group would carry out.
- Sapa-AP


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