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Thursday 10 July 2014

Two dead in central Nairobi blast

Published 07/12/2012|20:44

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Relatives cry for their loved one as he is brought into hospital after an explosion in Nairobi, Kenya (AP)

Two people have been killed and eight others injured in an explosion in central Nairobi, the Kenyan Red Cross has said.

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This evening's blast was the second in the capital in three days. A blast near a military base on Wednesday wounded eight people.

Both explosions went off in a Somali neighbourhood of Nairobi known as Little Mogadishu. Kenya has seen a series of small-scale explosions over the last year, many from grenades.

Kenyan media reported that a member of parliament was wounded in the most recent attack.

Kenyan troops moved into Somalia in late 2011, prompting al-Shabab militants there to vow revenge attacks inside Kenya.

Al-Shabab sympathisers are suspected in many of the blast attacks, though authorities have not clearly linked all the attacks to al-Shabab or its sympathisers.

Press Association

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