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At least 7 injured in grenade attack in Garissa

12 June 2014, 08:08

Garissa - At least seven people were injured in a grenade attack in Garissa town on Wednesday evening.

Garissa County Police Commander Charles Kinyua confirmed the incident, saying those injured were rushed to the local hospital for treatment. "There was a powerful explosion, where seven civilians who were chatting outside their house in Ngamia Road area in Garissa town were injured after unknown people hurled a hand grenade at them at around 19:30," Kinyua told Xinhua.

He said some victims reported that a lone assailant was hidden in the prevailing darkness and threw the grenade.

"We suspect the attacker was aiming to kill the survivors who luckily escaped with minor injuries, after the explosive device missed them by a whisker," added Kinyua.

The latest incident comes after a prominent Muslim religious leader Sheikh Abdirashid, was shot dead by unidentified assailant a week ago just some kilometers away.

Earlier the same week, one person was killed and three of his colleagues seriously injured, after unknown assailants tossed a hand grenade into a garage in Garissa Gamadid area.

Incidents of explosives been thrown at eateries and other busy area has become a common phenomena in the Northeastern region bordering war-ravaged Somalia, after Kenya sent peacekeeping troops to the country.

Kinyua said security intelligent personnel has launched a probe into the incident adding that a detailed report of what transpired and who could be the possible culprits will be established on Thursday.

 - Xinhua

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