16 May 2014

Kenya: Two Deadly Explosions Hit Kenyan Capital Nairobi

Photo: Capital FM
Police hunt for those responsible in the twin blasts at the Gikomba market (file photo).

One explosion on a bus and one in a market have been reported in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. At least 10 people are believed to have been killed and some 70 more injured.

The National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) reported the blasts Friday on its Twitter feed, saying the victims were being transported to local hospitals, including Kenyatta National Hospital, where the Red Cross set up a blood donation center.

The injured have been taken to Kenyatta National Hospital and Guru Nanak Hospital. Red Cross is setting up a blood donation centre at KNH.

Nairobi Police Chief Benson Kibue said the blasts were caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The first detonated in a market in the downtown Gikomba district, while the other went off in a 14-seater minibus used for public transportation. He added one suspect had been taken into custody.

Earlier this month, two explosions hit the Kenyan port of Mombasa. One was caused by a device placed on a minibus. Shortly afterwards, explosions on two packed commuter buses in Nairobi killed at least two people.

Last September there was a deadly attack on a luxury shopping mall by Somali militants.

It was not immediately clear who carried out Friday's attack, and no group has yet claimed responsibility.

The attacks come the same week the United States and Britain issued renewed warnings about possible terror attacks in Kenya. The Foreign Office in London advised against all travel within 60 kilometers (37 miles) of the Somali border. In response, British tour operators have been evacuating hundreds of holiday makers in the country.

jm,dr/tj (dpa, AFP, Reuters)

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