Mombasa burning: US warned of terrorist attacks – is it Al Shabab?
Posted by African Press International on June 25, 2012
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The death toll from Sundays grenade attack in a Mombasa bar rose to three after those wounded in the blast died at the Coast General Hospital.
The blast occurred at a bar in Mishomoroni area as people watched a football match.
The grenade attack comes after the US warned Kenya of an imminent terrorist attack on Saturday. The US also issued a travel warning to tourists planning to visit Kenya. Many tourists are now cancelling their booked trips. This has come as a big hit for Kenya which relies heavily on tourism.
Kenya has experienced a series of grenade attacks since invading southern Somalia in October 2011 to help rid Al shabab militants.
The grenade attack comes two weeks after the deaths of Internal Minister George Saitoti and he’s Assistant Minister Joshua Ojode in a helicopter crash. The two worked closely with national Minister of Defence Mohamed Yusuf Haji to see through Operation Linda Nchi, a coordinated operation in southern Somalia between the Somali military and the Kenyan military against the Al-Shabaab.
Kenyan police officials have called for calm, assuring Kenyans that the Police force is working to guarantee security in the country.
There is fear that the incident will scare away tourists who love the beach city of Mombasa.