The women attacked the Mombassa police station on Sunday, September 11, 2016.
Terrorist attacks resurfaced in the Kenya city of Mombassa on September 11, 2016 when three women tricked their way into the city’s police station where they stabbed one officer and set fire to the building with a petrol bomb before they were shot dead, Al Jazeera reported.
The women reportedly took pretext of reporting a stolen phone and walked into the police station with a knife and petrol bomb concealed in their traditional Buibui robes. "While being questioned by officers, one drew a knife and the other threw a petrol bomb at the police officers," Patterson Maelo, Mombasa County Police Commander is quoted as saying. "The station caught fire. Police shot the three and killed them. Two officers are in hospital with wounds. Presumably it is a terror attack," he added.
The Police Coast regional commander, Nelson Marwa is cited as saying that two bullet-proof jackets and an unused petrol bomb were recovered from the dead suspects and further specified that, "We already have crucial leads that will help in investigation.”
Reports say police did not say which group the suspects were linked to but Salma Mohamed, an eye witness of the attack said the women pledged allegiance to al-Shabab. "They shouted saying they were al-Shabab and recited the Arabic slogan 'Allahu Akbar' even as police fired bullets at them. They did not run. They shouted until bullets fell them down," Al Jazeera quoted Mohamed as narrating.