25 October 2011

Kenya: Grenade Rocks Nairobi Bar

Photo: Phoebe Okall/Nation
Police collect evidence at the scene.

Detectives investigating the grenade attack on Mwaura's Bar along Mfangano Lane have revealed that the device used was a Russian made F1 grenade similar to the ones used in the killing of two traffic police officers along Thika Road in December last year.

Commissioner of Police revealed yesterday that initial investigations have established that the device used is not used by the Kenyan security agents. "The device is a Russian made F1 grenade similar to the two used on an attack on traffic police officers in Kasarani on December 3 last year. Kenya's security forces do not use that type," Iteere said. He said they are most likely originating from a neighbouring country.

The police boss said security agents are doing all they can to secure the country. He appealed to Kenyans to be vigilant and give information about suspicious individuals to police as there are Al Shabaab sympathisers in the country. He said the police have incorporated businessmen and investors to beef up security in their premises. "I can assure you that we are doing our best.

We have a responsibility to protect our country. We have brought owners of premises on board. They should now have some form of security of their own. We request the public to assist us by offering information on suspicious characters within their estates. Together we can be able to secure our country," Iteere said.

Iteere said the police have scaled-up security at vital installations, shopping malls business buildings, fuel and petrol storage which might be targeted by subversive elements. Police have revealed that during the attack that occurred at about 1:15 am an unknown assailant lobbed a grenade into Mwaura's bar along Mfangano street injuring 12 people, three of them seriously. The three are still admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital where they were rushed to after the incident.

However, police have failed to explain why the bar was still operating late in the night in contravention to the Alcohol Act popularly referred to as Mututho laws. Iteere spoke after meeting with all the nine Provincial Police Officers and formation heads during which the threat posed by Al Shabaab militia was discussed.

The meeting came as contingents of police have been conducting swoops in South B, Eastleigh and the city centre to crackdown on foreigners. Iteere said although police are not many, their presence during patrols is more significant. The police boss yesterday revealed that the police had over the weekend recovered several AK47 rifles in Dadaab refugee camp.

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