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Three killed in grenade attack on bar in Kenya

US Embassy in Nairobi had warned its citizens on Friday of threat of “imminent” terrorist attack in Mombasa.

Some of those injured in last night's attack receiving medical assistance.
Some of those injured in last night's attack receiving medical assistance.
Image: PA/AP photo

AT LEAST THREE people have been killed and more than 20 injured in a grenade attack in a bar in Mombasa, eastern Kenya.

Kenya Red Cross says that the explosion struck the Jerico Bar, Mshomoroni at 10pm local time yesterday.

The organisation was involved in the emergency response and says that it is currently involved in efforts to reunite families and provide “psychosocial support” in the wake of the attack.

The US Embassy in Kenya issued an alert to its citizens on Friday warning of the threat of an “imminent attack” in Mombasa, a city popular with tourists. The alert said that the embassy in Nairbo had received information about a terrorist attack and that all government travel to the city is suspended until 1 July.

“All US government personnel are required to leave Mombasa. US private citizens are not subject to the same restrictions, but should consider this information in their travel planning,” it said.

The Kenyan government criticised the US alert, saying that it amounted to “economic sabotage” by discouraging visitors from a city that relies heavily on its tourist industry.

Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs currently advises Irish citizens that there is “a high risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks in Kenya” and says extra vigilence is recommended in public places and at public events.

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