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At Least 10 Dead in Kenya Explosions, US Embassy Warns of Threats

Fri, 16 May 2014 21:32:00 +0000

Christena Dowsett/Getty Images(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- Two explosions at a Kenyan market injured 76 people and claimed the lives of at least 10 Tuesday, following warnings from Western embassies advising against travel to the region.

One of the explosive devices went off in a minibus, while the other detonated in the Gikomba Market nearby. The blasts sent 43 men and 33 women to the Kenyatta National Hospital, according to the nation's Disaster Operation Centre.

"Terrorism is not an evil that was born in Kenya, terrorism is a world wide phenomenon,"  President Uhuru Kenyatta said in his state of the union address.

Even before the attack, hundreds of tourists were airlifted out of the Kenya resort town of Mombasa overnight after what the United Kingdom called a specific threat against "Europeans" by terrorist group al-Shabaab.

The United States also issued a travel warning for Americans on Thursday, drawing attention to potential terrorist threats aimed at U.S., Western, and Kenyan interests in the country. Most recently, a May 3rd incident killed four people and injured one after explosives detonated at the central stop of a local bus company and a resort in Mombasa.


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