Grenade attack wounds 10 in Kenya tourist resort

Grenade attack wounds 10 in Kenya tourist resort
Lawyer Chacha Mwita (R) stands next to his client Jermaine Grant (L) as he shows him court documents that Kenyan prosecutors are using to charge him with terrorism-related offences, at the Mombasa Court, on December 2, 2013. Prosecutors have accused Grant, a 30-year-old Muslim convert, of working with fellow Briton Samantha Lewthwaite - the fugitive widow of British suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, who blew himself up on a London Underground train on July 7, 2005, killing 26 people.

MOMBASA, Kenya - 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.

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