Nairobi: At least one person was killed and five others wounded when attackers fired shots and detonated four grenades outside a nightclub in Kenya’s coastal town of Mombasa, police officials said on Wednesday.
According to reports the attack was the second explosion on Tuesday blamed on Kenyan recruits of an al-Qaida-linked militant group in Somalia.
Aggrey Adoli, the police chief on Kenya’s coast, said the guard died in the hospital while five people were receiving treatment for wounds from Tuesday night’s attack.
Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said they have arrested a hospital patient who they believe was involved in the attack. He was hit by shrapnel from a grenade and taken to the hospital with other victims of the attack.
“We do believe we have the right person who did it and this is a result of the investigations carried out,” Iteere said.
Assailants at Belle Vista night club fired shots at security guards who wouldn’t let them into the club, before detonating the grenades. A pistol was recovered at the scene, Iteere said.
Al-Shabab militants have vowed to carry out terrorist attacks on Kenya for sending its troops into Somalia. Kenya says its military incursion into Somalia is a reaction to a wave of kidnappings on Kenyan soil it blames on al-Shabab.