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Nairobi nightclub grenade attack injures 14

Posted by Administrator on October 23, 2011

Medics assist one of 14 victims injured in the grenade attack

Medics assist one of 14 victims injured in the grenade attack

A grenade was thrown into a discotheque (Mwaura’s Club on Mfangano Street) in the bustling centre of Kenyan capital Nairobi wounding 14 people, central Nairobi police chief Eric Mugambi said.

Witnesses said that people were still drinking in the pub but its doors had been shut when a man walked there and asked to be let in shortly before 3am.

“That is when he hurled the grenade and fled the scene,”

“Initial investigations show it is a grenade that was thrown inside. Fourteen people have been injured,” Mugambi said.

The incident in the early hours of Monday comes a week after Kenya launched a cross-border operation against al Shabaab fighters in southern Somalia after a wave of kidnappings of foreigners on Kenyan soil.

Al Shabaab have denied responsibility for the kidnappings, saying Kenya was using them as a pretext for its military campaign.

It had threatened major reprisals if Kenyan troops did not withdraw, prompting the US embassy in Kenya to warn of an “imminent threat” of a terrorist attack in the east African country.

Kenya has in the past initiated brief cross-border incursions, but the latest operation is on a much larger scale raising fears Nairobi could be dragged into the anarchic Horn of Africa’s two-decade-civil war.

Al Shabaab have proven capable of launching large-scale suicide attacks within Somalia and outside.

Earlier this month, a suicide truck bombing claimed by the fighters killed more than 70 people when it exploded outside a compound housing government ministries in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

The fighters have also claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, which killed 79 people last year. That strike, their first on foreign soil, was in revenge for Uganda’s contribution to the 9,000-strong AU peacekeeping force.

Source: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/10/2011102405349143812.html

A victim of the explosion is attended to by a nurse in the emergency wing of Kenyatta National Hospital in the capital

A victim of the explosion is attended to by a nurse in the emergency wing of Kenyatta National Hospital in the capital

An officer secures the scene outside the club with police tape. The ground can be seen littered with debris

An officer secures the scene outside the club with police tape. The ground can be seen littered with debris

A police officer walking into the club to survey the damage

A police officer walking into the club to survey the damage

Blood stains can be seen on the floorboards inside the club following the attack

Blood stains can be seen on the floorboards inside the club following the attack

Wreckage: Police inspect the scene following a grenade attack on Mwaura's bar in the early hours of this morning

Wreckage: Police inspect the scene following a grenade attack on Mwaura's bar in the early hours of this morning

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One Response to “Nairobi nightclub grenade attack injures 14”

  1. mwangi said

    Whoever said asante ya punda ni mateke! We house these people we feed them we educate them and this is what they do to us? Why make innocent kenyans suffer? The guys were happy in the disco in their country or birth! Why may I ask target innocent citizens doing their business? I hope someoen somewhere say something! Time to install cameras in the CBD amongst other places! Ashindwe shetani kabisa kwa Jina la Yesu!!!

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