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NAIROBI BREAKING NEWS: SIX DEAD, SCORES INJURED IN EASTLEIGH MATATU EXPLOSION

At least six people are reported to have been killed in Eastleigh Nairobi today

At least six people are reported to have been killed and ‘scores wounded’ after an explosive detonated in a mini-bus this afternoon near St Teresa’s Church in Nairobi’s Eastleigh estate.

The roof and sides of the matatu were ripped off by the force of the blast.

Kenya Red Cross officials have confirmed [updated 6:32 pm] up to 30 injured have been taken to Kenyatta National Hospital.

One eye witness reports that a grenade was thrown into a Bus No 28, Gikomba Kariobangi Dandora route.

Nairobi Police Chief Moses Nyakwama said: “The information we have is that there were about 25 people in the bus. It looks like it is an improvised explosive device that was thrown in it”, and continued, “It occurred at a congested place so even people passing by got injured.”

Latest reports say that an unidentified man was saved by the police from mob lynching and that police had to fire to air to disperse ‘fighting groups’. The clashes are said to have broken out between non-Somalis and Somalis, with reports of some of the former breaking into houses looking to take reprisal action and Somali youths organising themselves into defence groups.

On Wednesday a suspected grenade attack in a supermarket in Eastleigh wounded one person and two weeks earlier another explosive device went off wounding two.

6:25 pm – NOW CONFIRMED AT LEAST SEVEN PEOPLE KILLED IN EASTLEIGH MATATU EXPLOSION…

More to follow…

Other media reports:

Sunday Nation: Six dead in Eastleigh Matatu explosion

Standard: Nairobi blast kills fives several injured

Wrecked vehicle in Eastleigh in which 7 people died today


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