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At least 5 killed in Nairobi explosion

EASTLEIGH-BLASTNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – At least five people were killed on Monday night when grenades were hurled at a food kiosk and bus stop in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area.

Police said several people were wounded in the explosions that occurred at Joska, which has been the scene of previous explosions. Witnesses said they heard three explosions on the street.

Emergency crews were immediately scrambled to the scene, which is in the same estate where a suspected terrorist died on Sunday as an Improvised Explosive Device he was assembling exploded.

“Police are securing the area for emergency response services,” the official said. Eastleigh has in recent years been the scene of several explosions usually attributed by the police to Islamist extremists.

“We suspect it is a grenade,” a police officer at the scene told AFP. People at the scene said the explosive appeared to have been hurled at a bus stop and an adjacent food stall as people made their way home for the evening.

The attack comes a week after six people died when assailants burst into a church in Likoni district close to the port city of Mombasa and opened fire on worshippers.

The latest attacks come amid heightened warnings of a threat of Islamist violence in Kenya and despite boosted security in major cities.

Kenya has been hit by a series of attacks since sending troops into southern Somalia in October 2011 to battle Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents.

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