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Kenya: Suspected Islamist Detonates Bomb Inside Shopping Mall In Downtown Nairobi


Associated Press – “NAIROBI, Kenya – An explosion ripped through a building full of small shops in downtown Nairobi on Monday, injuring at least 33 people, including a woman who blamed the blast on a ‘bearded man’ who left behind a bag shortly before the detonation.

Police officials first indicated the explosion could have been caused by some sort of electrical malfunction but the prime minister said it was deliberate. Al-Shabab — an Islamist militant group from Somalia — has threatened to carry out such an attack.

‘This is a heinous act,’ Prime Minister Raila Odinga said while visiting the scene of the blast. ‘They want to scare us. But we will not be scared.’…

Speaking to The Associated Press from a Nairobi hospital bed, Irene Wachira said a bearded man came to a nearby stall three times and acted as if he were interested in buying something. Wachira said the third time he came with a bag that he left behind. The blast occurred shortly afterward, she said.

Wachira, a vendor in the building, described the man as ‘Arabic-looking’ because of his relatively light skin. A doctor told AP that another person wounded in the blast said a Somali-looking man left behind the bag. The doctor said he could not be quoted by name…

‘We condemn the terrorists and tell them their days are numbered,’ said Odinga, who is expected to run for president in next year’s election.

Al-Shabab threaten to carry out large-scale attacks here followed Kenya’s decision last October to send troops into Somalia to pursue the Islamist militants. Kenya said back then that it was sending in the troops as a response to kidnappings on Kenyan soil last year blamed on al-Shabab. The kidnappings caused tourism in Kenya to plummet, especially around the coastal resort of Lamu.

Since October, a series of grenade attacks has rocked Kenya. The latest happened Saturday night in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp near the Somali border. Six people were injured in two simultaneous grenades blasts, officials said.” Read more.

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