Kenya grenade attack wounds 10 near Mombasa

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Associated Press

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 12:35 PM

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — At least 10 people were wounded Thursday in a grenade attack at a restaurant south of Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, the latest attack in the East African nation that is frequently targeted by militants in neighboring Somalia.

Kwale County Commissioner Evans Achoki said two men riding on a motorcycle approached a crowded eatery called Tandoori in the Diani area. One of them hurled a grenade toward customers before the motorcycle sped away.

Achoki said it was not clear who was responsible.

Police were investigating and that no details had been given about the type of grenade used in the attack, he said.

At least one of the victims was seriously wounded and had undergone surgery at a nearby hospital, Achoki said.

Kenya has been the scene of multiple terrorist attacks since the country sent its military to Somalia in 2011 to fight the al-Qaida-allied Islamic rebels of al-Shabab. In September, the group claimed responsibility for an attack on the Westgate Mall in the capital, Nairobi. At least 67 people were killed in that attack.

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