Kenyan Bar Hit With Grenade Attack

Officials fear Somali militants to blame
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2011 12:38 PM CDT
Pub-owner Charles Mwaura observes the bloodstained floor at the scene of a suspected grenade blast at his pub in downtown Nairobi, Kenya early Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.   (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
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(Newser) – At least 12 people were injured early today when someone hurled a grenade into a small bar in Nairobi. Speculation is rampant that the attack might be the work of Somali militants retaliating against Kenya’s incursion into the country last week, but so far officials are not publicly blaming al-Shabab or any other militant group, the New York Times reports. Nairobi residents have been warned for days that an attack might be coming, one specifically aimed at a club or mall.

Al-Shabab itself warned Kenya that attacks on Nairobi were imminent. "We have been expecting this.” said one witness. “This may be just the beginning of something else." But the attack was still surprising because the bar is so small and sits in a back alley. "We are shocked,” says the owner, who calls the establishment a “common-man’s place."

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