4 December 2012

Kenya: Kiembeni Police Station Bomb Hurts Constable

Police officer outside Kiembeni police post where 3 unknown people threw a petrol bomb inside the police post at around 2am, the three posed as if they were reporting at the OB reception. Photo Norbert Allan

A police officer was yesterday seriously injured after unknown assailants hurled a petrol bomb at him inside the Kiembeni police station in Kisauni district.

Kisauni police boss Julius Wanjohi said three young men walked into the police station at 2.30am seeking help from the officers when they suddenly threw the bomb at the officer's report desk at close range.

"The police constable sustained injuries and was rushed to hospital, but he is now in stable condition," said Wanjohi. Wanjohi said police officers manning the police station shot and injured two of the attackers, but escaped with bullet wounds.

"The young men were armed with crude weapons and improvised petrol bombs and were planning to carry out a major attack at the police station but we repulsed them," said Wanjohi. "We suspect the assailants got injured during the attack and I am appealing to residents who may spot some youth with bullets wounds to report to the police."

The police station was sealed off by elite GSU officers as police collected debris samples from the scene. The police boss termed the incident as a act of cowardice.

Police sources said the attackers had planned to kill the police officers and rob them of their rifles, but their plans were thwarted. "We cannot rule out an act of terrorism, investigations have been launched to exactly know who were the real attackers and what was their mission," said Wanjohi.

A son of the slain Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo was last month charged with plotting to blow up two police stations in Mombasa. Khubeib Aboud Rogo and four others were accused of planning to use grenades to attack Central and Makupa police stations.

A shocked neighbour Faith Mwikumi told reporters that she heard gunshots and screams from the police station situated next to her house. "We are pursuing the suspects who managed to escape on foot but no guns were stolen from the police stations," said Wanjohi.

"One of the officer approached and requested us to call the OCPD but unfortunately his phone was off when we tried to call, he was bleeding we saw blood stains in the morning," said Faith

"We are appealing to the police to intensify patrols in the area we are now shocked that the attackers are now bold enough to even attack a police station in a residential area," said Faith.

Mombasa has suffered security challenges that have affected the tourism sector raging from grenade attacks and threats posed by secessionist Mombasa Republican Council group.

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