Sunday, March 11, 2012

At least three killed, 15 injured as bus station explosions rock Kenyan capital

by Daniel and Christine Lagat

NAIROBI, March 10 (Xinhua) -- At least three were killed and 15 others seriously injured as several hand grenades were thrown at a busy bus station in Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Saturday night, local police have confirmed.

A wounded man is brought into the hospital on March 10 after a bomb at a bus station in Nairobi that left at least 6 dead.
Nairobi Provincial Police Officer Anthony Kibuchi said an unidentified man hurled several hand grenades in the middle of commuters who were waiting to board their public passenger vehicles near the Country Bus Station which is usually overcrowded by passengers.

"We can confirm three people have been killed and 15 others wounded in grenade explosions near Country Bus station. The injured have been rushed to the hospital," Kibuchi told journalists at the scene of the incident.

He said the police have launched investigations to ascertain the motive behind the attack which is widely blamed on Al-Shabaab sympathizers.

Initial reports indicated that the grenades were thrown by a person who was on a speeding vehicle at commuters who were rushing home after day-long work and those who were planning to travel up country.

The place where this accident happened has been sealed off by anti-terrorism police who are trying to establish the cause of the attack in downtown Nairobi.

The latest explosions came after two earlier explosions rocked Nairobi in last October near the scene of the current one. Both of them were blamed on Al-Shabaab sympathizers.

In the previous attack, an unidentified man hurled a hand grenade in another bus terminal near the Machakos Bus Station and another was hurled on a nightclub in the centre of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, killing two and injuring more than 25 others.

The Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility of the previous two incidents.

The explosions also came amid intensified security checks in the city in an effort to eradicate Al-Shabaab militia in the east African nation.

Al-Shabaab is a Somali-based terrorist group that at one time controlled large administrative areas of the lawless country. It has claimed links to the global al Qaida terrorist network.

However, the group's territorial control has come under attack in the last six months from the Kenya Defence Forces after a series of abductions targeting tourists and aid workers that were blamed on the group.
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