Kenya: hand grenade thrown at British tourists fails to explode

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Originally published on December 12, 2013

An attacker hurled a hand grenade at British tourists on Thursday in Kenya’s main port city of Mombasa, but it failed to explode.

According to reports, the tourists left the Indian Ocean resort of Diani on a van, heading to the Masai Mara national park for a safari.

They were in Mombasa’s Likoni district when a man threw a grenade at their vehicle and then fled the scene. The grenade hit the vehicle’s window, but failed to explode, Sky News reported.

It was later detonated safely by experts.

The British High Commission in Kenya has said it has launched an investigation into the incident and local police are currently looking for a suspect.

“We are investigating the incident and looking for the man who threw the grenade at the tourists and fled,” Mombasa’s police chief Robert Kitur told the AFP.

Kenya has seen a wave of grenade attacks since it invaded southern Somalia in October 2011 to try to oust al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgents, Sky News reported.

Restaurants in Mombasa as well as crowded areas in Nairobi and the northeast region of the country bordering with Somalia have been target areas for the insurgents.

Al Shabaab is a Somali Islamist organization who claimed responsibility for the assault on Nairobi’s Westgate mall in September, in which 67 people died during a four-day siege.


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