Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Kenya: British Tourists in Kenya Escape Unhurt in Failed Grenade Attack

A lone assailant hurled a grenade Thursday (December 12th) at British tourists travelling between the Kenyan coastal resort of Diani and the port city of Mombasa, a town troubled by religious tensions, but it failed to explode, AFP reported.

"The grenade has been detonated safely by experts," Mombasa County Police Commander Robert Kitur said. "We are investigating the incident and looking for the man who threw the grenade at the tourists and fled."

The tourists continued on their way to a wildlife safari at Amboseli National Park. Eyewitnesses said that a lone attacker threw the grenade at the car, and then retreated rapidly, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

Likoni Officer Commanding Police Division Robert Murithi said the police had launched a manhunt for the suspect.

"We have started intense investigations and manhunt to get the culprit and we are confident we will soon make a breakthrough," Murithi said.

The British High Commission in Kenya said it "has heard the reports and is investigating".

Security has been increased to ensure safety in tourist areas during the ongoing celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Kenya's independence.

"We are appealing to everybody to exercise caution, especially over this festive season, and to share information with security agencies to win this war on terror," Kitur said. "We have intensified security at tourist hotels and other vital institutions to avert terrorist attacks."

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