The Star (Nairobi)

17 November 2012

Kenya: Ng'omeni Chief, Two Injured in Midday Grenade Attack

NG'OMENI chief Omar Gari and two other people were injured in a Friday midday grenade attack at Mwatembe in Kwale.

Gari was taken to a nearby California Medical Clinic at Shikaadabu while the other victims -- Masoud Rama and Fatuma Mwanachuoni -- were treated at Savanna Medical clinic Ujamaa.

The chief, who suffered injuries on the head and legs, said he knew the young man who hurled the grenade at him outside his office.

"I was seated outside my office for fresh air when young man that I know well walked towards me from the mosque side and greeted me. He then dipped his hands in his pockets and I though he wanted to give me some documents, only for him to remove an object and hurl it at me," said Gari at the clinic bed.

The chief said he blocked the hurled object and tried to chase the young man before the explosion went off.

Kwale OCPD Richard Mugwai declined to address the journalists saying Kwale county commissioner Evans Achoki had ordered him not to comment on the incident.

"I cannot talk to you over this issue. The county commissioner was here and I am under his instructions not to talk to you," said Mugwai.

Achoki said police are investigating the incident, adding that they are yet to know the motive of the attack and who was behind it.

"We cannot link this attack to anyone or any group unless they claim responsibility. Police have launched investigations into the matter and culprits will be brought to book," he said.

The attack came follwing reports that police in Mombasa were looking for two key terrors suspects, who are said to be al Shabaab returnees well from Ng'omeni.

Recently special a squad from Nairobi and Mombasa trailed the suspect to his home at Mwatembe in Ng'omeni but they bounced him.

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