Explosion wounds two in Kenyan capital: police source

Scene of a small blast in Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. /Star Digital
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An explosion wounded at least two people in central Nairobi on Saturday, a police source said, with the Kenyan capital still on edge nearly two weeks after a jihadist attack that killed 21 people.

The blast, which was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED), occurred shortly after 7pm outside Smothers Fast Food Restaurant on Tom Mbeya Street.

Nairobi regional police commander Philip Ndolo said a man of Somali descent had hired a trolley pusher by the names of Joseph Okinyi to move a carton box from Latema road to Kenya Cinema when the luggage went off.

“As they were reaching the junction between Latema and Tom Mboya, the gentleman pretended to have forgotten his ID and therefore requested Okinyi to stop there so that he can dash back to get his ID,” Ndolo said.

Adding that, “Okinyi suffered some slight injuries on his right hand while a newspaper vendor who was just nearby suffered some slight injuries on his right leg.”

Police have cordoned off the area.

Ndolo appealed to Kenyans to study their surroundings at all times and know their neighbours.

“I would also want to appeal to all the members of the public to give us information at hand whenever they see something that is suspicious to enable us act and save the situation,” he said.

On Friday, the US Embassy in Nairobi issued an advisory for Kenyans to be extra vigilant in crowded places.

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