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Police probe twin blasts in Mombasa

05 May 2014, 08:16

Nairobi - Police said they have launched an investigation into Saturday's twin blasts which killed at least three people and injured 23 others in Mombasa on Saturday evening.

According to police, suspects in a white vehicle hurled grenades at a terminus in Mwembe Tayari in Mombasa killing three on the spot.

A second explosion occurred after a suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated on a path leading to Nyali Beach near the Reef Hotel in Nyali. Nobody was injured in the second blast.

Mombasa County police commander Robert Kitur they have commenced investigation into the two blasts in the city that has witnessed run away terror attacks.

He said detectives are narrowing on an investigation into three occupants who hurled the grenade to a crowd who were waiting to board public passenger vehicles at the busy bus station in the Mombasa town.

Kitur said the impact of the blast ripped apart two buses. The incident sent residents in the coastal city into a panic. The blast also tipped off the rear of a bus that was parked next to the one that bore the brunt of the blast.

"We are determined to apprehend those behind this cowardly act the war on terror must be won at all cost. We appeal for public support," Kitur told journalists at the scene on Saturday night.

He said three survivors were admitted at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Coastal General hospital after they sustained multiple injuries. According to Kitur, 20 others with fractures and soft tissue injuries were also admitted at the hospital.

One survivor said he saw three men in the car before they hurled the grenade. "It (grenade) was thrown to us just a few meters from the car. I heard explosion and within a second the innocent people were lying dead on the floor in pool of blood. I am lucky to be alive," Anderson Mwangi who sustained leg injury told Xinhua.

Anderson said the assailants fled immediately using the private car that resembled a popular Toyota Probox. A team of anti-terror and bomb expert sealed off the area and collected evidence from the scene.

Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho who visited the injured at hospital condemned the attack. He said the county government will work with national government to defeat terrorists.

"We will win the war on terror with an elaborate security strategy on intelligence gathering and public support will deal firmly with terror threats," said Joho.

He assured both local and foreigners that the coastal city is safe despite the isolated terror attacks.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kenya has experienced a string of grenade and terror attacks, targeting churches and terminus after Al-Qaida- linked Somali militants from Somalia vowed to avenge Kenya sending troops who launched cross border incursion into southern Somalia in October 2011 to fight the militants.

The militants have previously committed similar attacks in Nairobi, Mombasa and towns bordering Somalia, killing several people in what they said was a retaliation of the Kenyan military incursion in their lawless country.

The incident comes after police foiled a major terror attack in the coastal city of Mombasa mid March and recovered powerful explosives and weapons.

Two terror suspects linked to a vehicle that was found laden with explosives were charged last week with seven counts, including a plot to murder.

 - Xinhua

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