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Kenya blasts kill ten, as tourists flee the country

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Kenya blasts kill ten, as tourists flee the country


At least ten people have been killed in twin explosions in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi,

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts. One was at a market close to the city centre and the other targeted a minibus nearby. More than 70 people are reported to be injured.

In the past such attacks have been widely blamed on the Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab, which wants Kenyan troops out of Somalia. In September al Shabaab killed 67 people in an attack on a Nairobi shopping centre.

The blasts came shortly after Kenya rebuked Britain, the United States, France and Australia for issuing travel warnings about the country and hundreds of tourists began leaving resorts along the Indian Ocean coast.

Jared Ojuk, Kenya’s deputy police spokesman, told Reuters his investigators suspected the blasts were caused by an improvised explosive device (IED).

“Very many people are injured. I don’t know how many are dead but for sure there are fatalities,” Mwangi Maina, a trader selling second-hand shoes at Gikomba Market, said.

Kenya’s Red Cross said more than 10 people were hospitalised.

“Terrorism is not an evil that was born in Kenya. Terrorism is a worldwide phenomenon,” President Uhuru Kenyatta told a previously planned news conference that took place shortly after the blasts.

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