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Grenade attack wounds 10 in Diani

02 January 2014, 09:01

Mombasa - Ten people were wounded Thursday when attackers hurled a grenade into a restaurant in Diani, police said.

"We had an explosion at the bar and about 10 people were injured," said Jack Ekakuro, the police chief in Diani, Mombasa.

Attackers targeted the Tandoori bar in the early hours of Thursday, when it was still crowded with people celebrating over the New Year holiday.

The holiday is one of the busiest times on Kenya's coast, a mainly Muslim region whose white beaches are popular with tourists but which is also troubled by extremist groups and religious tensions.

"We're trying to establish the kind of explosive used," Ekakuro added, but a police officer at the scene, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the blast "had all the characteristics" of a grenade.

"The attackers were on a motorcycle and fled after hurling the grenade," a police source said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Since Kenyan troops invaded southern Somalia in October 2011 to help oust the neighbouring country's Al-Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab insurgents, it has been hit by a series of attacks.

Last month attackers hurled a grenade at British tourists as they drove from Diani to the main port city of Mombasa, but it failed to explode.

Grenades have been hurled into restaurants in Mombasa and crowded areas in Nairobi, as well as a string of attacks in the remote northeast region bordering Somalia.

The Al Shabaab claimed the brutal September assault on Nairobi's upmarket Westgate mall in which at least 67 people died in a four-day seige of the shopping centre popular with foreigners.



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