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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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lov2elkhnt May 04 2014 at 12:03 PM

Africa has 2 choices on what to do with radical islam in the continent. Throw all of them in with the crocs in the middle of Africa or haul them off shore and let the great whites feed for a while. Either way, Africa won't achieve even half of what it can really do until the mutts who produce terrorism in Africa are all gone. Round up time!

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steve May 04 2014 at 6:52 AM

The letter that was sent to Kenya; To all my friends in Kenya just hold on a little while longer for my work here is about done and I will return and set things straight for my good people. Although I will be returning by myself ( because my wife has determined that her and the girls will have a better life there.) But my side kick BO will be with me. See everyone soon. B.H. Obama

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radarmannoshoes May 04 2014 at 6:44 AM

Don't bring them here.

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jjemder radarmannoshoes May 04 2014 at 6:51 AM

Too late.

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HELLO JIM May 04 2014 at 6:36 AM

Work place violence

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Mike May 04 2014 at 6:29 AM

Kenya needs to change its name because it can't...

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plzr56 May 04 2014 at 6:23 AM

Good thing Obama wasn't HOME at the time.

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danyelle69marks plzr56 May 04 2014 at 9:14 AM

where?? hawaii? you must be another whiny republiCAN'T.

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yayabeanes plzr56 May 04 2014 at 11:33 AM

No, Knucklehead Smith had a dinner to go to.

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James M. Adams May 04 2014 at 5:06 AM

This will cost the US taxpayer a couple $bil.

But c'est la vie. What's another ant on an elephant?

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bubaxx32 May 04 2014 at 3:48 AM

THIS IS WHERE OBAMA IS FROM IS IT NOT????????????

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GUNSLINGER bubaxx32 May 04 2014 at 7:53 AM

Born a Kenyan, always a Kenyan!!!!

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danyelle69marks GUNSLINGER May 04 2014 at 9:09 AM

unless something happened that i didn't hear about, hawaii IS part of the US. so anyone born there is american. this is a counrty of immigrants, so unless you are native american, you're a foreigner too. get off it already.

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knjogu May 04 2014 at 2:38 AM

Sorry to say this but President Uhuru needs to just go ahead and institute the sharia as is done in countries like Saudia Arabia. He needs to instill a sense of fear, that is as pertains to such heinous crimes as robberies and the like. Until then lawlessness will be the order of the day. Why should we operate and live like this? There should be zero tolerance of this, ZERO!

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knjogu May 04 2014 at 2:27 AM

Sorry to say this but President Uhuru has to take stringent measures and institute the sharia just like it's done in Saudi Arabia. He has to instill a sense of fear as pertains to robbery and other acts of lawlessness. Until then I see no other way about these heinous acts and there will be no order.

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