17 October 2012

Kenya: Mombasa Officers Injured in Morning Operation

Photo: Norbert Allen/The Star
Police officer patrolling along Majengo area near Masjid Musa mosque (file photo).

A police officer who was part of an anti-terror operation in Likoni, Mombasa has succumbed to his injuries.

The officer was part of a combined contingent of General Service Unit and Anti-terror Police Unit that was acting on a tip-off from the public about possible terror activities.

A suspect who was arrested in Changamwe led the officers to a hideout in Likoni. As the officers attempted to gain access to the suspects' house a grenade was hurled at them injuring several officers and killing the suspect who led them there.

The two suspects in the house however died after one of their own grenade exploded, killing them instantly. The injured officers were rushed to Pandya and Aga Khan hospitals where they are receiving treatment.

Police recovered an AK 47 rifle with 15 rounds of ammunition, a pistol, and two grenades from the house. An unconfirmed number of suspects have so far been arrested and are assisting the police in a thorough investigation to establish the extent of the terror threat.

Coast province PPO Aggrey Adoli will be addressing a press conference to shed light on the operation.

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