A tourist was shot dead and her companion injured as they visited Kenyan port city.
Christina Tex, a 30-year-old teacher who traveled from Uganda, was shot while returning to her hotel in Mombasa’s Old Town, her companion, Henry Sekandi, said in an interview from his bed at the city’s Coast Province General Hospital.
The two had just passed Fort Jesus, the United Nations World Heritage site where a female Russian tourist was killed on July 6.
“They first shot me in the neck, but as I struggled to shield Christina, a second bullet hit my arm and I left her,” Sekandi, a 33-year-old Ugandan furniture dealer, said. “Our intention was to stay for one night to rest from the bus travel then proceed to Malindi.”
The shooter who is not yet identified as Police says they are still gathering information on the attack, Mombasa Police Commander Geoffrey Mayek told reporters at the hospital.
Kenya’s coastal region, where tourists are attracted by sandy beaches and ocean water sports, has been hit by a series of attacks this year, including one in the town of Mpeketoni, where 60 people were shot dead in mid-June.
Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels in neighboring Somalia has claimed responsibility for some of the assaults. Militant groups including the Islamist al-Hijra and the separatist Mombasa Republican Council operate in the area.