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Kenya Bombings Kill 10

A policeman secures the scene of twin explosions at the Gikomba open-air market for second-hand clothes in Kenya's capital Nairobi, May 16, 2014.
A policeman secures the scene of twin explosions at the Gikomba open-air market for second-hand clothes in Kenya's capital Nairobi, May 16, 2014.
Kenyan officials say at least 10 people died and 70 others were wounded Friday in two explosions targeting a minibus and a busy market in the capital city, Nairobi.  The attacks came days after the U.S. and British governments issued travel advisories regarding potential terrorist attacks in the country. 
 
Investigators said improvised explosive devises were used to target the attacks. The minibus was spattered with blood, its windows and tires blown out. A second bomb exploded nearby, also near a market best known for second-hand clothing.
 
“I saw the explosion. People were running in all directions,” Reuters quoted a female witness as saying. “I know some of the people who died.”   
 
Nairobi Police Chief Benson Kibui said police, acting on tips from the public, had detained a bombing suspect. Security officials said the suspect is a Kenyan national.
 
In a statement Friday, the U.S. embassy in Nairobi warned its citizens to increase their personal security in light of Kenya's continuing terror threats and violent crime.   “Terrorist acts can include suicide operations, bombings - to include car bombings - kidnappings, attacks on civil aviation, and attacks on maritime vessels in or near Kenyan ports,” the statement read in part.
 
The blasts came a day after 300 British tourists were evacuated from the coastal city of Mombasa, following a travel advisory issued by the British Foreign Office.
 
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said evacuations only help the terrorists.
 
Such action “only strengthens the will of terrorists as opposed to helping us defeat that war,” Kenyatta said.
 
British tourists queue with their luggage to leave by charter flight from the international airport in Mombasa, Kenya Friday, May 16, 2014.British tourists queue with their luggage to leave by charter flight from the international airport in Mombasa, Kenya Friday, May 16, 2014.
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British tourists queue with their luggage to leave by charter flight from the international airport in Mombasa, Kenya Friday, May 16, 2014.
British tourists queue with their luggage to leave by charter flight from the international airport in Mombasa, Kenya Friday, May 16, 2014.
Tourism economy suffers
 
The Mombasa County executive in charge of tourism, Joab Tumbo, lamented the impact of the bombings and advisories.
 
“As we speak right now, evacuation has taken place. We also understand that the evacuation will continue,” Tumbo said, adding that Kenya is “staring at a possibility of hotels closing down."
 
One immediate commercial victim of Friday's bombings was a regional telecom conference, East African Com, scheduled to take place in Nairobi next week and to attract top industry executives. Organizers said they canceled it because of security concerns.  
 
Past attacks in the east African nation have been widely blamed on the Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab, which wants Kenyan troops out of Somalia. In September, gunmen from the group killed 67 people in a raid on a Nairobi shopping mall.
 
Many of the attacks have been along Kenya's Indian Ocean coast, including the port of Mombasa, a tourist favorite. Some others have been in Nairobi, mainly near the Somali-populated Eastleigh district. Friday's blasts were close to Eastleigh.
 
Tourism already had been damaged by kidnappings by Somali pirates in the north near the Somali border, though that threat has subsided over the past 18 months.

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by: Carolla from: Kenya
May 17, 2014 6:20 PM
Can't Kenyans and the non-muslim world at large wake up and see that JIHADISM is on the rise!!!.When we teach our children to live in peace, they teach theirs hatred and how to kill.If we don't unite now STUPID SHARIA LAWii will take over our lives.

by: thami from: Sydney
May 16, 2014 9:19 PM
All in the name of Allah.God? The poisoning of a ppl continues, oh cry the beloved ppl cry the beloved Kenya weep the beloved continent.

by: shirley thomas from: united states
May 16, 2014 4:49 PM
I am so sorry for this useless lose of life why dont what start praying & helping each in peace & love
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by: Thami from: Sydney
May 16, 2014 9:23 PM
I weep for our ppl, our Kenya,our continent <3

by: Chloe W from: Oklahoma
May 16, 2014 4:05 PM
Such a horrible tragedy. Prayers are being deeply said for Kenya. What is happening to this world?!? Heartbreaking news..

by: Bosa okoth from: Nairobi
May 16, 2014 3:45 PM
our deepest condolences goes to those who lost their lives and life has been changed by this cowardly act.

by: nyamesa ogato from: bomas of kenya
May 16, 2014 10:46 AM
May God give the hurt quick recovery

by: Lawrence Nyananga from: Kenya
May 16, 2014 10:21 AM
Why inocent Kenyans? This terible and should be highly condemed. Lord rest their soul in eternal peace
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by: jomat from: USA
May 16, 2014 4:04 PM
The infiltration of the terrorists did not begin yesterday or today in Kenya. It started a long time ago when the corrupt government of Kenya was busy plundering the treasury of the nation. It is very easy for the terrorists seep through the loose borders of East Africa. The government of Kenya is unable and incapable of curtailing the terrorists. They are already in the country, especially in Mombasa and Nairobi area. Kenya has become a failed state. I have been predicting this for the last 11 years. It is too late for Kenya under an incapable government. Uhuru Kenyatta, unlike his father, is incompetent to rule the nation properly.
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by: Tony Capony from: New york
May 16, 2014 2:40 PM
Its sad to know that terrorist have infiltrated Kenya, This will almost always happen when you give groups like the Muslim brotherhood the green light as Obama did, Obama should of never made friends with terrorist groups, he's even putting America at risk with the Mexican border and granting 68,000 criminal illegal aliens to go free and not deport them, He has made a mess by friending terrorist , Hillary Clinton is another one that is friending terrorists and putting us all in danger, they have no idea or no sense reality within what's going on , and they lie about it too.

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