Sabahi (Washington, DC)

12 June 2014

Kenya: Grenade Attack in Garissa Injures Eight

Suspected al-Shabaab assailants lobbed a grenade at a crowd in Garissa town, injuring eight people Wednesday night (June 11th), Garissa County Police Commander Charles Kinyua told Sabahi.

Kinyua said the grenade targeted a crowd milling around a street vendor selling French fries along Ngamia Road. He said they suspect the 8 pm incident was the work of al-Shabaab.

"Residents should be vigilant and avoid converging in large numbers as this provides a target for the criminal al-Shabaab," he said.

Kathari Kaka, 35, a mason who was admitted the hospital with injuries to his ankle and stomach, said it was common for a crowd of people to gather around the food kiosks in the evenings.

"We were chatting animatedly then I had a thud near my feet followed by a loud explosion," he told Sabahi.

Edward Makokha, a nurse at Garissa General Hospital, said three of the injured people were admitted with "serious but not life threatening injuries".

"Five others were treated for their minor injuries and discharged soon after they were rushed in," he told Sabahi. "The scene of the explosion happens to be just 100 meters from the hospital."

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