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Kenya gov't: 3 killed in 2 blasts at Kenyan coast



By TOM ODULA
Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- At least three people were killed in a grenade blast in one of two explosions Saturday along the coast of Kenya, an east African country working to crack down on a recent wave of terrorist attacks.

Authorities said the grenade blast at a bus stop in Mwembe Tayari, in the coastal city of Mombasa, also injured seven other people. Separately, a bag with an improvised explosive device was spotted near the coastal Reef Hotel in Nyali, and passersby noticed in time to take cover before it detonated, the Interior Ministry said. No fatalities were immediately reported there.

Authorities said they didn't immediately have an explanation for the explosions. A blasted-out bus sat at the scene of the Mombasa blast, and a man was spotted carrying away an injured child.

Ranjit Sondhi, a director at the hotel, told The Associated Press that the hotel was not damaged and the blast occurred on a nearby public beach - much of the impact absorbed by a wall. The Interior Ministry had initially said that the explosion had taken place at a gate at the hotel, but ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka later clarified that it had actually happened on the beach.

Kenya has been hit by a wave of gun and explosive attacks since it sent troops to neighboring Somalia to fight al-Shabab militants in 2011. The Al-Qaida-linked militants have vowed to carry out terrorist attacks on Kenyan soil to avenge the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia. Since last month, Kenya has been conducting a security operation in response to the recent wave of terror attacks.

Last month, a car bomb exploded outside a police station in Nairobi, killing two officers and two men of Somali origin inside the vehicle. Police had impounded the car for driving on the wrong side of the road. Three ethnic Somalis have been arrested for the blast, and will be charged in court next week after police asked the court for time to investigate.

Thousands of people, mainly ethnic Somalis, have been arrested in the operation which has been heavily criticized by human rights groups who say it is fraught with abuses. Police say the operation is aimed at weeding out terrorists and illegal aliens from war-torn neighboring countries, who are blamed for smuggling small arms and other weapons in the country through porous borders.

Rights organizations accuse the police of profiling Somalis, detaining suspects without trial, denying them representation, extortion, circumventing the courts to deport Somalis back home and holding the suspects in inhumane conditions.

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klw4919 May 03 2014 at 7:52 PM

At some point people need to realize that there is a crusade against western culture (even in Kenya) being waged by a muslim force ghat wants either to kill you, convert you or enslave you. There is also a war being waged in our own society as well by other ethnic groups, particularly some who should actually be emabarrased for the ingratitude they continually show to a country that has given them so much.
When will people wake up from their silly fantasies about Kim Kardashian's ass, Justin Bieber's infantile behaviour, neurotic concerns about sugar, salt, fat, remaining sexually active into your golden years, worrying children drinking whole milk and suddenly becoming obese, or turning violent from eating chicken on the bone. All this is a purposeful disctraction while you are having the noose put around your neck and your hands bound behind your back. Soon it will be far too late. Of course you'll eventually awaken from your selfish trance, but by then you will be immobilized.

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JIM klw4919 May 03 2014 at 8:04 PM

are you sayin' it's time to finally play "Cowboys N' muslims"?

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demslosebig2014 May 03 2014 at 7:41 PM

Obama's home country.

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demslosebig2014 May 03 2014 at 7:41 PM

Obama's home country.

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papabob666 demslosebig2014 May 03 2014 at 8:24 PM

He's your president, choke on it!

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Richard papabob666 May 03 2014 at 8:42 PM

Not only are people choking on him, he is making people puke as well.

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johnbowlegs May 03 2014 at 7:22 PM

you maybe should educate yourself the hospital he was supposedly born in didnt exist whenr that muslim as born in Kenya
andisworthless as a President ok

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fernandezarthr May 03 2014 at 7:22 PM

....The terrorist Muslims are on the move in Kenya,....got to send some Special Forces and in conjunction with the Local forces, Hunt and Kill the bastards, like wild animals that they are!,..........

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farberj fernandezarthr May 03 2014 at 7:37 PM

arab spring continues.

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johnbowlegs May 03 2014 at 7:17 PM

was any of Obamas famly hurt!!!!!

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kcaron1504 May 03 2014 at 7:10 PM

Make all the stupid jokes that you want to about AQ killing innocent people. When AQ finally gets a bomb maker in America that knows what he is doing and a few families get blown to a red paste maybe then it will be taken seriously.

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navycva11 May 03 2014 at 7:10 PM

Why is Chumlee in the first picture wearing a hardhat?

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navycva11 navycva11 May 03 2014 at 7:13 PM

I mean baseball cap.

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fernandezarthr navycva11 May 03 2014 at 7:23 PM

.......Chumlee for President!!!......on the Donkey Ticket!!!!.........

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jtop960598 fernandezarthr May 03 2014 at 9:20 PM

He far more would fit the elephant ticket!

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fgaryg May 03 2014 at 6:23 PM

was it near obumas home town?

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JIM fgaryg May 03 2014 at 6:24 PM

does it matter?..bomb the whole place.

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Oscar fgaryg May 03 2014 at 7:04 PM

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/birth-certificate-long-form.pdf

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doketx Oscar May 03 2014 at 7:18 PM

That "birth certificate" has been shown time and again to be a composite and a forgery. I know you don't want to hear that, and at this point, like Hillary said, "what difference does t make"?

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marcanagnos Oscar May 03 2014 at 11:40 PM

Kenya didn't exist when that cert was supposely written. OOps!!



MARC

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Richard May 03 2014 at 6:17 PM

Maybe they thought the big O was in town and Al-Qaida was trying to get revenge for the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

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JIM Richard May 03 2014 at 6:26 PM

no...der big-O fhurer was not in town

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Richard JIM May 03 2014 at 6:39 PM

Rats.

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marcanagnos JIM May 03 2014 at 11:41 PM

Maybe next time.



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