UPDATE: 6 killed in Eastleigh blast
31 March 2014, 20:44
Nairobi - An explosion in an area of the capital Nairobi popular with Somalis killed five people and wounded several others on Monday, the National Disaster Operations Centre said.
The agency said six people were killed and several injured. Officials did not immediately say what caused the blasts.
"Police are securing the area for emergency response services," the organisation said on its official Twitter site. A police commander also reported the blast and the Red Cross said more than three people were feared dead. Sometimes called Kenya's "Little Mogadishu," Eastleigh has seen several grenade attacks over the last year.
In the past, such attacks in the Eastleigh area of Nairobi have been blamed on Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group, which attacked a Nairobi shopping mall in September and killed at least 67 people. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The country has suffered from a long string of grenade attacks presumed to be thrown by Somali militant sympathizes. Officials also recently discovered a large, undetonated car bomb in the coastal city of Mombasa.