MOMBASA, Kenya, May 4 – Detectives are investigating a possibility that two of the three people who died on the spot in Saturday’s blast at Mwembe Tayari, Mombasa may have been part of the attackers.
The preliminary investigation conducted from the bomb experts indicates that Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were detonated at the bus stop in Mwembe Tayari and near Reef Hotel in Nyali.
Reports suggest that there were more than three IEDs that exploded in Mwembe Tayari. The impact of the blast ripped through three buses shattering windows during the 7.45 pm incident.
The two victims under probe are Jamal Mbarak Awadh and Suleiman Mohammed Said.
Mombasa County criminal investigations boss Henry Ondiek said they were investigating the possibility that the two suspects died while assembling the explosives at the busy bust stop.
Speaking to the media at police headquarters Ondiek said detectives have ruled out that a grenade was hurled from a car by the attackers.
He said shrapnel collected from the scene confirmed that they it was locally assembled EID not a grenade as early reported by the eyewitness.
Mombasa country commissioner said 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.
He said police are looking for the suspect – believed to be of Arab origin – who abandoned the device after he failed to access the hotel from the exit point.
He said police are narrowing down those behind the assembly of the explosives. Marwa said 104 suspects had been arrested following the Saturday blasts.