Kenya police kill 'terror couple' after five officers wounded

19 May 2013 - 14:13 By Sapa-AP
Hand grenade. File photo.
Hand grenade. File photo.
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A police official in Nairobi says police shot dead a couple suspected to be terrorists after they threw four grenades, wounding five officers.

Augustine Nthumbi, the officer in charge of the Githurai Kimbo area on the city's outskirts, said Sunday investigators raided the flat where the couple were staying following a tip and ordered them out of their house.

Nthumbi says the couple refused to surrender, threw grenades and used their eight-month-old baby as a human shield. Nthumbi say two grenades were recovered from the house.

Police have not confirmed affiliations but the use of grenades falls within a pattern of attacks by the Somali-based terror group al Shabaab.

Kenya has experienced a string of grenade and gun attacks blamed on the al Qaeda-linked group.