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At least 7 injured in northern Kenya blast: official

Saturday, September 27, 2014

GARISSA, Kenya, (Xinhua) -- At least seven people have been seriously injured in a grenade attack on Friday evening in northern Kenyan town of Garissa that borders Somalia, an official said.

Garissa County Commissioner Rashid Khator said the incident took place at around 19:30, and the injured have been rushed to the hospital, with three of them said to be in critical condition.

Khator said the unknown assailants hurled two grenades at the crowd that was busy buying groceries at a local shop along Ngamia road, injuring two men and five women.

"We still don't know who the attackers are but I can assure we will get them," Khator told Xinhua by telephone, adding the police have cordoned off the scene for investigations.

The incident comes just a week after one person was shot dead in Garissa town while three others were seriously injured.

Since Kenya sent troops across the border into Somalia in October 2011, northern and parts of eastern Kenya have been hit by a series of blasts, many targeting local security forces and humanitarian workers.

Several attacks are believed to have been carried out by Al- Shabaab in Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa and Dadaab districts of northern Kenya as the military said they captured several military bases of the group.


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