explosion at a bus station in the city center at around
8 p.m. local time on Monday killed one person and
seriously injured eight others.
The attack took
place as commuters were waiting for public transport at
the congested bus terminus along Racecourse road,
formerly OTC bus terminus in downtown Nairobi.
Monday, at least 13 people were injured when a grenade
was thrown into a bar in the downtown area.
man posing as a customer threw a hand grenade inside
Mwauras nightclub located in Nairobi’s downtown at about
2 a.m. local time, an attack, police said, could be
linked to Al- Shabaab sympathizers in Nairobi.
The location of the
second attack is not far from the scene of earlier attack on
Monday morning that injured 13 people at a working class
bar. No suspects have been identified.
Provincial Commissioner Njoroge Ndirangu told
journalists on Monday night at least 14 other people
were hurt in the second attack and admitted to the
Kenyatta National Hospital with various injuries
sustained in the attack that occurred at the bustling
OTC bus terminus.
information we have at this moment is that one person
has been killed and several others have been taken to
the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH)," Ndirangu said.
investigations to establish the cause of the two grenade
attacks were underway but said the police have not
established the motive behind the two attacks.
Ndirangu, the authorities suspect that the grenade that was
used in the second attack was similar to type F1 that is
manufactured in Russia and which was used to carry out
attack on a nightclub on Monday morning.
He said none of the
Kenyan forces uses that type of grenade, meaning that it
entered Kenya through the illicit arms trafficking routes.
Police say a
similar grenade was used last year on an attack against two
police officers at the Kasarani Area in the capital Nairobi.
The two officers
on the ground are trying to put the pieces together to
know what kind of device was used and what the origin
was," Ndirangu said.
Ndirangu said it
was too soon to attribute the violence to Al- Shabaab blamed
for a spate of kidnappings of foreigners in the East African
"You have heard
there have been various and several threats from all
"For now, we
are saying it’s criminal.
matter which group.
a device on innocent people is a crime and that crime
will be dealt with when we establish who was behind it,"
The Nairobi police
boss, Anthony Kibuchi, said security forces have increased
patrols in Nairobi, to prevent Al-Shabaab rebels from
escaping into the country.
He said they
were not ruling out the grenade attack to the threats
that have been issued by Shabaab which has been
designated a terrorist organization by the United States
that is fighting to impose its own interpretation of
Islamic law, or sharia, on Somalia.
"That is why I
am appealing to city residents to be vigilant and
cooperate with our officers," Kibuchi said.
The scene of the
attack has been sealed off by the police who are combing the
area with sniffer dogs.
The Monday attacks
came two days after the U.S. Embassy in Kenya warned it had
credible information of an imminent terror attack in
Nairobi, nine days after Kenyan troops launched a military
operation in Somalia to subdue the insurgents.
According to the
U.S. Embassy, the terror attack is likely to target places
where foreigners congregate in Kenya, including malls and
did not offer details on who might carry out such an attack,
but said it has taken measures to limit official visits.
The embassy urged
its citizens to consider deferring travel to Kenya.
The warning comes
after Kenya sent troops across the border into Somalia to
pursue Islamist Al-Shabaab militants.