Grenade attack on the Tandoori Bar in the tourism resort Diani Beach, Kenya
During the busiest holiday tourism season another grenada attack struck at a popular Kenyan tourist resort.
During the busiest holiday tourism season another grenada attack struck at a popular Kenyan tourist resort. It is obvious the attackers did not want to kill, but at least 10 people have been injured in a grenade attack at the Tandoori Bar Beach Road, Diani Beach. This Kenyan tourist resort south of the port city of Mombasa is popular among visitors from everywhere.The beach has the nickname Beach for Lovers.
Attackers hurled the device into a bar in the Diani area late in the night.
A source close to eTN revealed:
A local source from the coast had this to say, immediately responding to an email as a sign of being in emergency mode: ‘If these guys are now starting to target tourists, it will be a change of tactics. Our resorts and hotels are well protected of course but like the bar where this happened last night, someone can hurl a grenade from outside under the cover of darkness and run away. That is perhaps what has happened because from my information there is no indication of a suicide bombing which would have been so much worse. The negative publicity for us here in Diani will be bad of course but can now not be avoided. It is up to our government to strengthen surveillance and intelligence gathering to find and eliminate these cells which have found their way into Kenya. The ideology is foreign but they found willing young people and brainwashed them. I have lived at the coast for a very very long time and Mombasa was for the most time tolerant of the different religions. Hindus and Sikhs, Muslims and Christians have always respected each other. Mombasa never was a hot bed for radicals but it seems there has been infiltration from across the border in Somalia and maybe even other Al Qaida target countries like Yemen where they are active. Our hearts go out to those injured and we hope they will all fully recover. I will keep you posted’.
“We had an explosion at the bar and about 10 people were injured,” said local police chief Jack Ekakuro, quoted in local media.
The injured are said to be in a stable condition and have been taken to hospital.
Ten people were wounded Thursday when attackers hurled a grenade into a restaurant in a popular coastal tourist resort town in Kenya, police said.
The attack, one of a series of bomb or grenade blasts in Kenya, is the latest to target areas popular with foreign visitors who are key to the economy.
“We had an explosion at the bar and about 10 people were injured,” said Jack Ekakuro, the local police chief in the Indian Ocean town of Diani, south of Mombasa.
Attackers targeted the Tandoori bar in Diani in the early hours of Thursday, when it was still crowded with people celebrating over the New Year holiday.
The holiday is one of the busiest times on Kenya’s coast, a mainly Muslim region whose white beaches are popular with tourists but which is also troubled by extremist groups and religious tensions.
“We’re trying to establish the kind of explosive used,” Ekakuro added, but a police officer at the scene, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the blast “had all the characteristics” of a grenade.
“The attackers were on a motorcycle and fled after hurling the grenade,” a police source said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Since Kenyan troops invaded southern Somalia in October 2011 to help oust the neighbouring country’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents, it has been hit by a series of attacks.
Last month attackers hurled a grenade at British tourists as they drove from Diani to the main port city of Mombasa, but it failed to explode.
Homegrown groups including the Islamist Al-Hijra group, a radical organisation formerly known as the Muslim Youth Center, operate on Kenya’s coast and have been linked to the Shebab.
Grenades have been hurled into restaurants in Mombasa and crowded areas in the capital Nairobi, as well as a string of attacks in the remote northeast region bordering Somalia.
The Shebab claimed the brutal September assault on Nairobi’s upmarket Westgate mall