Manhunt underway after Mombasa explosions

May 3, 2014 6:40 pm
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According to police three suspects in a white car hurled a grenade at a bus stop in Mwembe Tayari killing three on the spot
According to police three suspects in a white car hurled a grenade at a bus stop in Mwembe Tayari killing three on the spot

MOMBASA, Kenya, May 4 – Police have launched a manhunt for the terrorists behind Saturday’s twin blasts that left atleast three people dead and 23 injured in the coastal city of Mombasa.

According to police three suspects in a white car hurled a grenade at a bus stop in Mwembe Tayari killing three on the spot.

A second explosion occurred after a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) detonated on a path leading to the beach near the Reef Hotel in Nyali. Nobody was injured in that blast.

Three survivors were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Coast General Hospital after they sustained multiple injuries.

20 others nursing fractures and soft tissue injuries are also admitted to the hospital.

Mombasa County police boss Robert Kitur said they have commenced investigation into the two blasts that rocked the city.

Kitur said detectives were narrowing investigations into the three who hurled the grenade at a crowd who were waiting to board buses at the busy terminus in Mwembe Tayari, within the CBD.

The impact of the blast ripped through two buses shattering windows during the 7.45 PM incident.

Those killed were identified as Emilly Wali Katana, Jamal Mbarak Awadh and Suleiman Mohammed Said.

A team of anti terror and bomb experts 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.

He assured both locals and foreigners that the coastal city is safe despite the isolated terror attacks blamed on the Al Shabaab militants from Somalia.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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