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Africa Horn
Bomb blast wounds two in Kenyan capital
2012-11-07
[Shabelle] At least two people have been maimed in the Kenyan capital when a bomb was set off in the Eastleigh neighbourhood of Nairobi, the latest in a string of attacks, police say.

"Two people have sustained injuries and rushed to hospital ... it was a very powerful kaboom," said Wilfred Mbithi, head of police operations in the city, on Tuesday.

Bomb experts scoured the scene after the blast, which was set off on a bridge as people travelled on busy streets to work on Tuesday morning, and is suspected to have been an improvised bomb, Mbithi said.

"I just heard a loud blast and as I ran, people shouted at me saying I was bleeding," said one victim who only identified himself as John, before he was taken to hospital.

Kenya Red Thingy said three people were maimed in the blast, some with minor injuries.

No group immediately grabbed credit for the attack, which took place in a neighbourhood that is home to many Somalis, as well as ethnic Somali Kenyans.

Suspected Kenyan supporters of Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab cut-throats have carried out a string of attacks in opposition to Nairobi sending troops into Somalia last year to fight the cut-thoats.

Mbithi said investigations were being carried out to see if the blast was linked to the Shabaab.

The blast comes a day after attackers hurled a grenade into a church in the northeastern town of Garissa, close to the Somali border, killing one policeman and wounding 14 people.
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