Ex­plo­sion at Kenya bus sta­tion leaves one dead

The Pak Banker - - International -

NAIROBI, KENYA: A bomb ex­ploded at a down­town bus sta­tion in Kenya's cap­i­tal late Mon­day as pas­sen­gers boarded a bus, killing at least one per­son and wound­ing up to 39 oth­ers, po­lice said. Sus­pi­cions cen­tered on a So­mali mil­i­tant group.

The per­son who was killed was car­ry­ing a piece of lug­gage that con­tained the bomb, po­lice com­mis­sioner Mathew K. Iteere said. It was not im­me­di­ately clear if it was a sui­cide at­tack, Iteere said.

Most of the wounded were Ugan­dans trav­el­ing home for Christ­mas, Red Cross of­fi­cial Nelly Mu­luka said.

Al-Shabab, So­ma­lia's most dan­ger­ous mil­i­tant group, has threat­ened to carry out more attacks on Uganda and Bu­rundi, the two na­tions that con­trib­ute troops to the 8,000strong African Union force in Mo­gadishu. Twin bomb­ings in July in Uganda claimed by alShabab killed 76.

A se­cu­rity of­fi­cial in Nairobi said Uganda and Bu­rundi have been on high alert since early Novem­ber that they would be tar­geted by alShabab. The of­fi­cial spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause he was not per­mit­ted by his or­ga­ni­za­tion to be iden­ti­fied.

Mu­luka put the toll of peo­ple wounded at 39. Iteere said one per­son was killed and 26 wounded. -Ap

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