Explosion at Kenya bus station leaves one dead
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