Policeman, civilian killed in Mombasa grenade attack

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Posted: Aug 28, 2012 9:19 AM

MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - A Kenyan police officer and a civilian were killed on Tuesday when rioters hurled a grenade at officers who were trying to quell protests in the port city of Mombasa, police said.

The riots broke out on Monday after the killing of a Muslim cleric accused by the United States of helping Islamist militants in Somalia.

"They have attacked our officers with a grenade. They threw it inside their lorry (police truck). Two people are dead, one of them is an officer the other is a civilian," said Benedict Kigen, a senior police intelligence officer in Mombasa.

(Reporting by Joseph Akwiri; Editing by James Macharia; Editing by Alison Williams)