MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police on Sunday killed three hooded
female terror suspects in the coastal city of Mombasa on Sunday.
Mombasa County commander Peterson Maelo said the three women
clad in 'buibui' or 'hijab' burst into Central Police Station
wearing what is believed to be suicide belts and bullet proof vests.
Maelo said the three suicide bomb attackers stabbed two
police officers after storming the station and hauled petrol
bomb in a botched attempt to release a terror suspect from
"This is a terrorist attack and investigations have been
launched to establish the motive behind the attack at the
Central Police Station in Mombasa," Maelo told journalists.
He said the suspects posed as clients to report an incident
when they started attacking the officers but they were
overpowered and killed.
The security officers have sealed off the scene.
The police suspect the suicide bombers were wearing bullet
Maelo said the injured police officers have been rushed to
hospital for emergency treatment as a major security operation
is underway in the coastal city.
Witnesses said the three women brandished knives after they
were barred from accessing the cells with one throwing a petrol
bomb in an attempt to burn down the station, prompting police to
The motive of the attackers was not immediately known.
There were claims they wanted to release a suspect in
Maelo said the situation was under control.
Pictures circulating showed police officers on window of the
first floor of the station while jumping off from the fire that
had been started.