3 killed in blasts in Mombasa

Kenya has been hit in the recent past by attacks that the government has blamed on the Al Qaeda-linked Somali group Al Shabaab.

MOMBASA // At least three people were killed and several others injured Saturday in twin attacks in Kenya’s port city of Mombasa, officials said.

One blast occurred at a well-known beach hotel, the Reef Hotel, in the Nyari area of the city, and the other in the Mwembe Tayari area, near the city centre, Kenya’s disaster operations centre said.

The Kenyan interior ministry said three people were killed and scores were wounded in Mwembe Tayari after a grenade was thrown into a crowd.

It also said an IED exploded at or near the hotel, without causing casualties.

“We had two incidents: one at the bus station where three people have lost their lives. In the second incident that occurred near a hotel in Nyali there were no casualties,” a police official said.

Muslim-majority Mombasa, one of the main gateways to east Africa, has been hit by a wave of sectarian violence in recent months, with the city being rocked by a string of attacks or attempted attacks and the government engaged in a major crackdown against Islamists suspected of being connected to neighbouring Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels.

* Agence France-Presse

Published: May 3, 2014 04:00 AM


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