NAIROBI, Kenya—At least three people were killed in a grenade blast in one of two explosions Saturday on the coast of Kenya, despite the work of the east African country to crack down on terrorist attacks.
Authorities said the grenade blast at a bus stop in Mwembe Tayari, in the coastal city of Mombasa, also injured seven other people.
Separately, a bag with an improvised explosive device was spotted near the coastal Reef Hotel in Nyali, and passersby noticed in time to take cover before it detonated, the Interior Ministry said. No fatalities were immediately reported there.
Authorities said they didn’t immediately have an explanation for the explosions. A blasted-out bus sat at the scene of the Mombasa blast, and a man was spotted carrying away an injured child.
Ranjit Sondhi, a director at the hotel, told the Associated Press that the hotel wasn’t damaged, and the blast occurred on a nearby public beach, with much of the impact absorbed by a wall. The Interior Ministry had initially said the explosion had taken place at a gate at the hotel, but ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka later clarified that it had actually happened on the beach.
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