Emergency services rush to the blast scene in Mombasa at the Kenol/Kobil petrol station opposite Coast Bus terminus on April 3, 2014. PHOTO/NATION
At least four people were killed tonight when three explosions rocked Mombasa’s Central Business District as police and other security arms battle to fight off Al Shabaab militants.
The blasts ripped apart a Chania Travellers bus, shattering windows and mangling metal, sending residents in the coastal city into a panic. Chania Travellers plies the Thika-Mombasa-Malindi route.
The blast also tipped off the rear of a bus christened Sharter Link that was parked next to the one that bore the brunt of the blast.
The other blast went off in Nyali near one of the popular resorts but no one was injured.
The blasts came at a time when police have heightened security over looming threats from Al Shabaab radicals who have previously blasted away at public places.
Eye witnesses and emergency rescue workers told the Sunday Nation that they had counted at least three people who had succumbed to injuries from the blast at the Kenol/Kobil petrol station opposite Coast Bus terminus.
Police and rescue workers rushed off six people to Coast General Provincial Hospital.
Heavily armed police and emergency services rushed to the scenes of the blasts to rescue the injured.
There was confusion as members of the public, anxious to see what had taken place milled around the scene as emergency workers rushed to the rescue.
Members of the public assist in the rescue of the injured people at the blast scene in Mombasa at the Kenol/Kobil petrol station opposite Coast Bus terminus on April 3, 2014. PHOTO/NATION
At the scene was the Mombasa County police commander Robert Kitur was leading the security operation.
“We are aware of two explosives in Mombasa county.We are already at the scenes and there is no need to panic. Everything is under control,” said Mr Kitur as he planned his next course of action.
The military was also monitoring the situation.
“Hand grenade explodes inside Chania Bus at Mwembe Tayari in Mombasa. Three confirmed dead, one passenger allegedly entered the bus with a grenade,” said a military spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir on his twitter account.