World Bulletin / News Desk
Kenyan police on Monday foiled a possible attack by a grenade and a homemade bomb at a local school in Garissa County in the North Eastern Region.
"We acted swiftly after locals reported that they had seen a suspicious unattended water container at the playground," police chief Musa Yego told Anadolu Agency in a phone interview.
He said the grenade and homemade bomb were found hidden in a jerrycan at the playground of Boystown primary school.
"It is clear that the target were school children who in most cases spend their evening playing football after classes," added Yego.
Bomb experts from the Kenya Defense Force were called in to detonate the grenade and bomb.
Hamza Yusuf, a resident of Garissa and a local civic leader, said the detonation was so intense that it shook the entire town.
"A large crater was left after the Kenya Defense Force detonated the explosives," he told AA.
"Many lives would have been lost had it gone off while the school children were at play," said Yusuf who has an eighth grader son attending the school.
Garissa county shares border with Somalia to the east and is home to Dadaab said to be the largest refugee camp in the world.
The foiled attack came a day after three people were killed in the capital Nairobi after two buses were hit by explosives.
On Saturday, four people were killed in the port city of Mombasa after explosions targeted a Nairobi-bound bus and a resort hotel frequented by westerners.
No group has claimed responsibility for any of the attacks.
But Kenya usually blames attacks on the Somali group Al-Shabaab.
The group has threatened to attack targets inside Kenya until the East African country withdraws the troops it had sent into neighboring Somalia in 2011.Last Mod: 06 Mayıs 2014, 10:00