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Kenya Raises Mombasa Attacks Death Toll to Four

Sunday, 04 May 2014 08:50 AM

MOMBASA, Kenya — Kenyan officials on Sunday raised the death toll from twin attacks in Mombasa to four people confirmed dead and 15 wounded as police responded to more bomb scares in the coastal city.

One explosion occurred in the busy Mwembe Tayari area of the city center late on Saturday, when a grenade was thrown inside a packed passenger bus.

A second blast from an improvised explosive device, or IED, was set off close to the well-known Reef Hotel in the Nyali area of the city, although it did not cause any casualties.

"Last night, innocent civilians were targeted yet again by terrorists in twin attacks in Mombasa. Four deaths have been confirmed in this attack," Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement, raising the previous death toll of three.

"Terrorists want to bring to an end our history of tolerance. Kenya will not allow it. Terrorists will be treated as the vicious criminals they are and our tradition of easy coexistence will be maintained," he added.

The statement came as police responded to more bomb alerts, including one at a church where a bomb disposal team blew up a suspect bag.

Residents said security was tight in the city, especially at Christian churches, before Sunday mass.

Muslim-majority Mombasa, one of the main gateways to east Africa as well as a popular tourist destination, has been hit by sporadic unrest in recent months.

The port city has been rocked by a string of attacks and attempted attacks, with security forces engaged in a major controversial crackdown on Islamists suspected of being connected to Somalia's al-Qaida-linked Shebab rebels.

Kenya has been targeted by Shebab since it sent troops to neighboring war-torn Somalia in 2011. Kenyan troops are still posted in the south of the country as part of an African Union force supporting the country's fragile internationally backed government.

 

© AFP 2017

 
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