Kenya arrests four over deadly grenade attacks

Last Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 19:31

Nairobi: Kenyan police said Monday they have arrested four people in connection with grenade attacks that killed six people in Nairobi, which Kenya blames on supporters of Somali Shebab insurgents.

"On the Al-Shebab threats and attacks at the Machakos bus
terminus, four highly suspected criminals were arrested and
are undergoing intensive interrogation," Nairobi Provincial
Police chief Antony Kibuchi said.

Six people were killed when four hand grenades were hurled
at a crowd in the bus terminus in the Kenyan capital on
Saturday, and more than 60 others were wounded.

The suspects, all of whom are believed to be Kenyan, and
three of whom are reportedly minors, were being interrogated
by specialised police units, including anti-terrorism
officers, a police source said.

The al Qaeda allied Shebab has threatened Kenya since it
sent its troops into south Somalia in mid-October to attack
bases of the Islamic insurgents, whom it accused of a series
of kidnappings and attacks on its territory.

One of the men arrested had been on a police wanted list
in December accused of having links to Shebab and Kenyan
affiliates.

Yesterday`s attack was the deadliest in Nairobi since one
in June 2010, not attributed to Islamists, during a public
meeting against the adoption of a new constitution, in which
the death toll was also six.

Neither attack came close to the devastating al-Qaeda car
bombing of the US embassy in August 1998 that killed 213
people and injured 5,000.

Last October, less than two weeks after the army sent
troops and tanks into Somalia, two grenade attacks in the
space of less than 24 hours killed one person and wounded 30.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 19:31

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