Capital FM (Nairobi)
MOMBASA, Kenya, Jun 24 – At least one person was killed and several others wounded in a hand grenade attack on a bar in Mombasa on Sunday, a day after the US embassy in Kenya warned of an imminent attack on the city.
“The attack occurred at about 10pm. One person has died and we have three others seriously injured,” Coast Provincial Police Officer Aggrey Adoli said.
“Many people have been injured, I saw one area of the bar blown off before I started running away,” said a witness George Lado who resides in the area.
“I wish I had a nice phone with a camera as I could have taken good pictures as events unfolded.”
The incident occurred at ‘Jericho Beer Garden’ in Mushomoroni,’ a joint frequented by locals, some seven kilometres north of Mombasa island.
The attack came barely hours after the government wrote a protest note to the US embassy in Nairobi over the advisory it issued to its citizens Saturday against traveling to Mombasa.
“It is a reckless advisory and it was totally uncalled for,” Acting Head of the Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia told a media conference in Mombasa on Sunday.
He termed the advisory an act of “economic sabotage.”
“It is aimed at sabotaging the country’s economy,” he said, at a press conference where he was accompanied by Tourism Minister Dan Mwazo.
In the protest note delivered Sunday, Kenya made it clear it wants the advisory reversed. Read more…