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Explosion kills two and injures dozens at bus stop in Nairobi

By WASHINGTON POST
Published June 12, 2007


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NAIROBI, Kenya - A bomb exploded at a downtown bus stop here early Monday morning, killing two people and injuring more than 35, officials said. There was no immediate assertion of responsibility.

Police Commissioner Mohamed Hussein Ali said the explosion apparently came from something someone was carrying. Several witnesses reported a similar story: that a bag a man was holding exploded in front of a cafe, where a city bus bound for the airport had stopped.

"I do not want to speculate if it is or is not" a suicide attack, Ali told reporters at the scene.

Though Kenya is a relatively peaceful country, terrorists linked to al-Qaida detonated a massive truck bomb at the U.S. Embassy here in 1998. Suicide bombers attacked a hotel in the resort town of Mombasa in 2002.

Kenya shares a border with Somalia, and suspicion concerning the attack fell on insurgents there because Kenya supports the Somali government.

[Last modified June 12, 2007, 02:08:09]


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