Nairobi, 31 march-2014(SDM): At least six people were Monday night killed and ten others wounded in twin blasts in California area in Eastleigh, Nairobi.
A scene of a past terror attack at Nairobi’s Easleigh estate. Another attack in the area killed at least six people March 31, 2014. FILE | Image: NATION MEDIA GROUP
The blasts happened when terrorists hurled explosives into a food kiosk and a bus stop, which were about 50 meters apart hitting crowds that were there, police said.
Witnesses said they heard a third blast in the area but police could not confirm.
Those injured included women and had serious wounds when they were rushed to hospitals in the area when the blast happened along 11 Street of the crowded place.
Police said those who died were trapped in a food kiosk where they were for their supper. It is believed the attackers used grenades or Improvised Explosive Devices to launch the attacks.
“I can see six bodies in the kiosk,” said a police officer who was there.
Emergency services were scrambled following the attacks that caught many unawares in the wake of increased such incidents. Hospitals were put on standby as police said many others ran away with injuries.
Nairobi police boss Benson Kibue said his officers who arrived at the scene first had seen at least six bodies in the kiosk nicknamed Mzalendo.
“We have many casualties but we are yet to know the nature of explosive that was used in the attacks. We have people who have died,” said Kibue.
A witness said he had seen a woman who usually sells vegetables in the area lying in a hospital bed.
“I have seen at least six people in hospital including a woman who sells us vegetables. The others are boys I know,” said Lewis Mapengo.
Police rushed to the scene to secure it and announced the number of the dead may increase.
The incident came a day after a suspected terrorist was killed in an explosion in Pangani area, Nairobi after an Improvised Explosive Devise he was assembling went off in his house.
The terrorist aged about 22 had his body badly dismembered after the blast went off on the first floor of a residential house he and three others were. The identity of the man is yet to be known.
Police and witnesses said the three men who were with the deceased escaped in a salon car soon after the blast went off.
The explosion was massive that it caused major cracks on the walls of the building and shattered its windows and was heard almost three kilometers away. The body was found in the kitchen of the two bedroomed house where the group was staying.
The four-storey building also hosts a madrassa, Al Bushraa Islamic Centre, which is on the ground floor.
The owner of the building has noticed unusual movements of youths into room six, which was affected and sought to know who they were.
“The owner says the youths were moving between room six and nine. She then decided to terminate the tenancy of the tenants of room six where the explosion happened,” said police.
He added the men were to leave the house tomorrow when their tenancy was to end. The injured were to several hospitals including the Kenyatta National Hospital, Guru Nanak hospital and Mother and Child Hospital in Eastleigh.
Bomb experts arrived at the scene moments later and collected several samples that confirmed the blast was caused by an IED.