Friday, 16 May 2014

# Africa News # Benson Kibue

Bombings kill 10, wound 70 in Kenyan market


Two bombs killed 10 people and wounded 70 others Friday, tossing bodies into the air at a market in Kenya's capital, while hundreds of British tourists were evacuated from the coastal resort of Mombasa after warnings of an impending attack by Islamic extremists.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts, which went off minutes apart in the Gikomba market near downtown Nairobi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, appearing at a previously planned news conference shortly after the bombings, offered his condolences. Continue...


But he dismissed the tourism warnings from the U.S. and Britain that led to the evacuations, saying that terrorism is a common problem and not unique to Kenya.

As ambulances and security forces responded to the market bombing, witnesses described a chaotic scene.

"I heard the first blast, then another one," said Gikomba market trader Judy Njeri, who described crouching and crawling on hands and knees after the explosions that wounded some of her colleagues.

"I saw bodies being tossed in the air," she added. "The whole place was thrown into darkness and a lot of dust."

Police Chief Benson Kibue announced the casualty figures.

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