British tourists have been targeted in a grenade attack in Kenya, it was reported today. The Foreign Office said it was urgently looking into the reports that a number of British travellers had escaped the attack near Mombasa after the grenade failed to explode.
According to Sky News, Mombasa police chief Robert Kitur said: “The grenade was detonated safely by experts. “We are investigating the incident and looking for the man who threw the grenade at the tourists and fled.”
A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We’re urgently looking into it at the moment.”
According to a Kenyan newspaper, two tourists escaped the attack after the grenade was thrown at their vehicle near Likoni.
The driver is reported to have contacted police, who cordoned off the area before detonating the grenade.
Robert Kitur, police chief for the port city of Mombasa, told journalists: “We are investigating the incident and looking for the man who threw the grenade at the tourists and fled.”
Police told the Kenya-based Standard Digital that the Britons were travelling in a van from Diani in Kwale when it was targeted as it slowed down.
The attack comes on the same day as Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence. Celebrations began last night as nationals marked half a century of freedom from British colonialist rule.
Source : Mirror