At least three injured in grenade attack in N. Kenya

At least three injured in grenade attack in N. Kenya
# 06 March 2013 17:45 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. At least three people were seriously injured in the northern Kenyan border town of Mandera when unknown assaults hurled a hand grenade at a group of people celebrating elections victory, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Regional police commander Charlton Mureithi blamed the Wednesday incident which took place at 14:00 in the border town of Rhamu in Mandera near Somalia on a rival group.

"We are making good progress in a bid to arrest those responsible for the incident," Mureithi told Xinhua by telephone. Eye witnesses said that the attackers hurled the device before escaping on foot. The injured have been hospitalized.

"I really cannot recall what happened but all I remember is seeing group of three middle aged boys who were standing a few meters from where we were, the next thing I heard was a big blast that led to confusion all over, everybody was running aimlessly and down on the ground lay three men who were bleeding profusely," said Hassan Omar on phone.

Grenades have become synonymous in the northern region with most of the attackers carried out using the explosives that seem to be all over.

Police in the region have not had it easy controlling the entrance of the dangerous devices that are said to be sneaked in the country from Somalia through the porous borders.

Hundreds of police officers and civilians have lost their lives through grenade attacks which have been blamed on Al-Shabaab from Somalia.

Security forces at the border points with Somalia are grappling with threats posed by the insurgents who have been also been laying landmines mainly targeting police and soldiers patrolling the Somalia border.

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