Mombasa - At least 10 Kenyan police officers were injured when two
grenades were hurled at them by suspected al-Shabaab sympathisers during
a police operation at the country's Coast province in the early hours
of Wednesday, police said.
The east African nation has been hit
by a series of grenade and gun attacks since it sent troops into Somalia
last October in pursuit of Islamist al-Shabaab militants who are blamed
for kidnapping Kenyan security personnel and Western tourists.
Adoli, the head of police for Coast province, told Reuters that
policemen had gone to a house in the Likoni area of the south coast
after they received information it contained dangerous weapons.
said two grenades were thrown at the policemen when they knocked on the
door of the house. The occupants of the house also opened fire. Four
policemen were critically injured and three suspects were killed in the
exchange, Adoli said.
"We recovered a pistol, an AK-47 rifle, 15
rounds of ammunition and two grenades ... We believe these people are
connected to al Shabaab," he said by phone.
The Kenyan troops and
their Somali counterparts, who are fighting under the banner of African
Union forces in Somalia, took the last stronghold of al-Shabaab rebels,
the southern port of Kismayu, at the end of last month.