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Deadly blasts strike busy market centre of Nairobi

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-05-16

At least 10 people were killed Friday when twin explosions struck a bustling market centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the National Disaster Operation Centre said, with the first blast hitting a minibus and the second targeting Gikomba market.

At least 70 other people were injured in the explosions.

The Kenyan Red Cross said five of its ambulances were evacuating casualties from the scene of the blasts, which come amid a wave of attacks in both Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa.

The blasts were caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) thrown at their targets and a suspect has been arrested, police said.

"Two IEDs were detonated simultaneously," Nairobi police chief Benson Kibue told reporters at the scene, adding: "Don't panic. We are on top of things."

The latest attack comes days after several countries issued new warnings about travelling in Kenya. Hundreds of British tourists were being evacuated from beach resorts near Mombasa because of the travel warnings over the past two days.

Earlier this month three people were killed and 86 wounded in twin bus blasts in Nairobi that were blamed on Islamic militant cells linked to Somalia's al Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels. A grenade attack at a bus station in the heart of Mombasa left at least three dead earlier this month.

Kenya has been targeted by the Shabaab for sending troops to fight insurgents in war-torn Somalia in 2011.

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for a September attack that left at least 67 people dead following a days-long seige on Nairobi's Westgate mall.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-05-16


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