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Monday, May 28, 2012
Blast in central Nairobi injuries 30 people
The scene of the explosion on a busy road in downtown Nairobi, Kenya
At least 30 people have on Monday been injured after a blast exploded in a building in central Nairobi. There are fears that some people might have been killed in the explosion.Kenya
police and firefighters sealed off the area before the injured people
were rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital for treatments.There
are still confusion over the exact cause of the blast, however, Kenya
police chief, Mathew Iteere said in a press conference that an electric
fault might have caused the blast.The assistant for Kenya interior security minister, Orwa Ojode, said that the police will investigate a possible bomb blast.There
has been a heavy traffic jam in the city center after police condoned
off Moi Avenue and forced car drivers to use alternative routes.
An explosion ripped through a building full of small shops in
downtown Nairobi on Monday, wounding at least 30 people, the police
commissioner said.He could not immediately say what caused the
early morning blast that sent smoke billowing out of the building and
over the city. Items for sale in the shops — like shoes and clothes —
were scattered on the ground.People with bloody wounds received
medical care, as authorities tried to usher hundreds of people in the
street away from the scene. Security blocked off areas around the
building with yellow tape.The force of the explosion ripped apart
the one-story building's aluminum roof, but a high-rise building with a
glass exterior right next to the blast did not appear to sustain major
damage.Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said at least 30 people were wounded. Another
high-ranking police official said there were no obvious signs that the
blast was caused by a terrorist's bomb. No ball bearings or nails —
lethal shrapnel packed into bombs — were found, and officials were
investigating the possibility that a faulty electrical line caused the
explosion. The official said he could not be quoted by name."Let
me not speculate this is a terrorist attack. It could be a wire fault,"
said another official Orwa Ojode, assistance minister for internal
security. Al-Shabab militants from neighboring Somalia have long threatened to carry out substantial attacks in Kenya following Kenya's decision last October to send troops into Somalia to pursue al-Shabab militants.
has suffered a series of grenade attacks in recent months, but Monday's
blast appeared to have been caused by something larger than a grenade.
We will update this thread with new information as it becomes available.