6 April 2013

Kenya: One Killed, Three Injured in Garissa Grenade Attack

One person was on Thursday evening killed and three others injured when a group of unknown assailants attacked a hotel in Garissa county. Witnesses said the attackers were armed with guns and hand grenades Mary Kieti, one of the survivors, said the group shot dead a young man before proceeding into the hotel in Iftin. The attackers allegedly killed 17-year-old Abdimajid Hussein because he knew their identities. "I saw a group of young men walk towards my vegetable stand conversing in their local dialect. I heard were gunshots and started running away. They shot me in the stomach and legs," said Kieti.

The bandits hurled two grenades at the hotel and opened fire at the patrons. One of the grenades exploded. Two men were injured. The hotel is located a few minutes from the Iftin police post. North Eastern police boss Charlton Mureithi denied that officers are unable to curb the rising insecurity. "It is not true that these people (the bandits) have outsmarted us. We want to assure the public that we are up to the task and it is only a matter of time before catch up with them," he said on the phone.

Garissa Provincial Hospital medical superintendent Dr Musa Mohamed said one of those injured had undergone surgery. The incident comes barely three days after three officers were shot dead in Garissa town.

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