MOMBASA, Kenya 17 October,2012 (AFP)— Ten Kenyan police officers were seriously wounded
early Wednesday when attackers hurled a grenade at them during a house
raid in a clash that left two assailants dead, police said.
violence was the latest in a string of clashes and police raids on
Kenya's coast, a popular tourist region where Islamists and a separatist
movement have increasingly battled with security forces.
confirm 10 officers were seriously injured," regional police chief
Aggrey Adoli told AFP, saying the attackers may be Kenyan supporters of
neighbouring Somalia's Shebab, an Al-Qaeda linked insurgent group.
He said police had shot dead one of the attackers, while the other was killed by one of his own grenades.
raid was carried out after a tip-off in the coastal Likoni region, just
south of Kenya's main port Mombasa, and police recovered two firearms,
two live grenades and ammunition, he said.
Kenyan police have in
recent days launched a crackdown on members of the Mombasa Republican
Council, a separatist group. On Monday two people were killed as police
arrested MRC leader Omar Mwamnuadzi.
The MRC claims that the
predominantly Muslim coastal region is not part of Kenya and says it has
been neglected by the central government.
However Adoli initially ruled out any link between Wednesday's incident and the MRC.
supporters of the Shebab -- including Kenya's Muslim Youth Centre (MYC)
-- have carried out attacks over the past year in Coast province, with
bars and churches among their targets.
Shebab sympathisers have also attacked police in other parts of the country.
The outlawed MYC fiercely opposed Kenya's invasion of southern Somalia last year to attack Shebab bases.
leaders are accused by the United States and United Nations of
supporting Somalia's insurgents, including recruiting and fundraising
Kenyan troops, now integrated into an African Union
force, last month seized the Shebab bastion of Kismayo, a key southern
Somali port, prompting warnings of retaliation from both the group and
Source: Agency France Press