One dead, three injured in Wajir explosions

December 14, 2013 5:39 am
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Al Shabaab militants have vowed revenge attacks following a military incursion in their lawless country, Somalia. FILE.
Al Shabaab militants have vowed revenge attacks in Kenya following a military incursion in their lawless country, Somalia. FILE.
NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 14 – At least one person was killed and three others seriously wounded in twin explosions that rocked Wajir town on Friday night.

According to police, the incident occurred at the town’s market shortly after 8 pm.

“There were two loud blasts, that disrupted business at the market at night,” a senior police officer in Wajir said.

“We lost one person while three others were taken to hospital,” he added, “It looks like these were improvised explosive devises.”

Police have blamed Al Shabaab militants or their sympathizers for the attack.

Wajir town has suffered a series of similar attacks since 2011 when Kenya sent the military to Somalia to pursue Al Shabaab attackers.

Similar attacks have been experienced in Mandera, Marsabit and the capital Nairobi as well as the port city of Mombasa.

The latest incident in Mombasa occurred on Jamhuri day when a grenade was hurled at a tourist van carrying two Britons on holiday, but failed to explode.

Coast police Chief Robert Kitur said the Britons had left a beach resort in Diani en route to the Maasai Mara when an attacker hurled the grenade at the vehicle within Likoni area.

“We have intensified security and we urge members of the public to work closely with us in providing information to keep this city safe,” Kitur said, “We are still looking for the man who threw the grenade at the tourists’ vehicle.”

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