Three police officers injured in Eastleigh explosion

October 12, 2012 6:38 pm


A cache of firearms and bombs recovered in Eastleigh in September. FILE Photo.
NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 12 – At least three police officers were wounded on Friday night when twin explosions went off in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area.

Among those wounded in the attack is the officer in charge of Pangani police station, who sustained injuries on his limbs.

“Three of our officers have been injured,” Provincial Police chief for Nairobi Moses Nyakwama told Capital FM News.

He said the explosions occurred at Mlango Kubwa, not far away from St Polycarp church where a nine-year old boy was killed in a grenade attack two weeks ago.

Another officer who went to the scene told Capital FM News that the explosions occurred in quick succession within a radius of 500 meters.

Police were yet to establish what caused the blasts, but detectives said they believe it is an improvised explosive device.

Nyakwama told Capital FM News that the officers who sustained injuries in the attack were not badly off.
“They have been treated, some have been discharged from hospital,” he said.

A grenade attack on a children’s service at the St Polycarp church at the end of September killed one child and wounded three others.

Ever since Kenya rolled tanks and troops into neighbouring Somalia to fight Al-Qaeda linked Islamists there, the country has been the target of a spate of explosions and shootings, many of them aimed at police officers.


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