14 December 2013

Kenya: At Least One Dead in Matatu Explosion

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Grenade attack in Nairobi's city shuttle that has claimed at least six lives.

A powerful explosion went off inside a matatu in Pangani, Nairobi late Saturday killing at least one person.

More than twenty other people were injured and rushed to hospital, following the explosion that occurred shortly after 6 pm near Pangani Girls High School, on the matatu that was ferrying passengers to town.

"We have had an explosion on a matatu but we don't have the exact number of casualties, we are still trying to get information from witnesses and people who have taken victims to hospital," Benson Kibui, Nairobi police chief told Capital FM News on telephone.

Witnesses said they saw several people pulled out of the ill-fated matatu and rushed to hospitals, but none of them was sure of the number of the dead, apart from one body of a man which lay at the scene.

The matatu was headed to town when the explosion went off, causing an accident pile-up of six vehicles which rammed on one another after the explosion went off.

An emergency official who helped take victims out of the matatu said ten of them were in a critical condition, with one policeman at the scene saying he had received unconfirmed reports of five dead while being taken to hospital. Capital FM has not independently confirmed the two accounts.

"I was passing waiting for the traffic to clear so I can cross, then I heard a loud explosion and metals and other pieces from the vehicle were flying all over this place, and people shouting," Peterson Mwaura, a pedestrian said, "I ran back.

"People were crying for help, they were screaming, but the one lying here appeared to have died on impact," he said.

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