kenya: Bomb Blast rocks Somali neighbourhood in Nairobi

Residents walk past burning tyres set alight by protestors in the Majengo area of the coastal city of Mombasa in Kenya on August 29, 2012. Kenyan police units are on a search for protesters and any possible weaponry used during recent riots in Mombasa which left 3 Kenyan police officers dead and over a dozen injured after a grenade attack on a police vehicle. A controversial muslim cleric known as Rogo, who was on US and UN sanctions lists for allegedly supporting Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants was killed in Mombasa when unidentified gunmen opened fire on his vehicle sparking violent riots. Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga today called for the nation to come together to stop religious violence, after two days of deadly rioting sparked by the killing of a radical cleric. AFP PHOTO / Ivan Lieman

Residents walk past burning tyres set alight by protestors in the Majengo area of the coastal city of Mombasa in Kenya on August 29, 2012

Two people were seriously injured when at least three grenades were lobbed towards a bar in the predominantly Somali neighbourhood of Eastleigh in the Kenyan capital Nairobi late Sunday, police said.

“Two people were injured in the blasts. They have been rushed to hospital. Other than that there are no other casualties from the incident,” area police chief Moses Nyakwama told AFP.

Witnesses say there were at least three separate blasts and that the explosions occurred near a bar, the latest in a string of blasts in Nairobi. The Kenya Red Cross said in a statement that there had been “at least three separate grenade attacks” and that the grenades had been thrown from a speeding vehicle.

The blasts follow a recent grenade attack outside a mosque that killed at least five people as well as wounding the local member of parliament.

A recent roadside bomb in Eastleigh killed one person and wounded several others. And last month, a bomb on a bus killed nine people.

Following Sunday’s attack, police were said to be conducting door-to-door searches in the neighbourhood.

Kenya has suffered a string of attacks, often blamed on Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants, since it invaded Somalia last year.

Kenyan troops, now integrated into an African Union force, seized the Shebab bastion of Kismayo, a key southern Somali port, in September. That led to warnings of retaliation from both the insurgents and their Kenyan supporters.

But the Shebab have denied involvement in previous similar bombings.

Violence in Kenya — ranging from attacks blamed on Islamists, inter-communal clashes and a police crackdown on a coastal separatist movement — have raised concerns over security ahead of elections due in March 2013.

Five years ago, elections descended into deadly post-poll killings that shattered Kenya’s image as a beacon of regional stability.

Last month, riots broke out in Nairobi’s Eastleigh district after the bombing of a bus, with running street battles between demonstrators and the police.AFP

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