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Plight of a grenade victim

12 March 2012, 11:15 Dennis Ochande

John Otieno was hit by an object on the thigh when a blast occurred at Country Bus station in Nairobi on Saturday evening.

Standing at an M-Pesa stall at the bus station, he heard a blast followed by smoke. Thinking of how he could escape, he saw an object
that looked like a dry cell battery hit and cut a woman’s arm. When he tried to dodge, the object hit him on the thigh as it rolled on the

John thought that it was a minor injury, while other victims were being taken to the hospital, he went home. “The pain was increasing
every minute, I had to wait until day break to go to the hospital,” he says.

In the morning, his left leg had been paralyzed and had a difficulty when walking. He went to the hospital only to be told to
pay KES 3300 to treat the thigh that had begun to bleed.

He did not see what caused the blast, neither did he see where the object came from.

An eye witness said that the object was thrown from a moving vehicle and things that resembled bolts and nails came out.

“These people are targeting us, last time, it was at OTC station, this time, they have come here, fortunately they did not enter the bus station, they just threw from outside,” another eye witness said.

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