Deadly attack at Nairobi bus station

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Mar 10th, 2012
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A man injured at an explosion is treated as he arrives at the Kenyatta hospital in Kenya's capital Nairobi March 10, 2012. An explosion at a bus station in downtown Nairobi on Saturday evening killed at least two people and wounded more than 30, the Kenyan Red Cross said. REUTERS/Zafarani Mansurali (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST DISASTER)

Nairobi – A bomb attack at a bus station in Nairobi on Saturday killed at least three people and wounded more than 20 others, Kenya police said.

A senior police official who did not want to be named told AFP it was believed several grenades had been thrown at the bus station.

“I just saw a vehicle pass and then someone just threw things that exploded,” witness Charles Njenga told AFP.

“Many people have been injured,” he added.

“I survived because I was in a bus that was still loading people.”

It is the first such incident in the Kenyan capital since two grenade attacks carried out within 24 hours of each other last October killed one person and injured 30 others.

A Kenyan supporter of Somalia’s Islamist Shebab fighters was arrested soon afterwards and was convicted after having confessed to the attacks.

A man injured in a grenade attack at a downtown bus station has his hand held by a paramedic as he is carried from an ambulance at Kenyatta Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, March 10, 2012. Explosions at one of the Kenyan capital's main bus terminals killed at least two people and left two dozen others wounded Saturday, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

The Shebab have on several occasions threatened reprisal attacks against Kenya since it sent its troops over the border into southern Somalia in mid-October to fight the group.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attacks.

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