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Ten confirmed dead, more than 70 wounded in Gikomba blasts

16 May 2014, 16:19

Nairobi - Ten people have been killed and over 70 wounded in two explosions at the busy Gikomba market area in Nairobi, a hospital official said Friday.

A spokesman at the Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi's main referral hospital, said eight bodies had brought in and "more than 70" people admitted for treatment, many of them in serious condition.

"Many of the injured are bleeding profusely. We need a lot of blood," the spokesman, Simon Ithae, told AFP.

Witnesses at the scene described the area as chaotic.

The attack comes just a few days after a huge fire engulfed the market, which is famous for its second hand clothing and foodstuff.

And with western governments warning their citizens of the dangers of travelling to the country due to the state of the country's security, the attacks will add pressure to the government to deal with the current situation.

Just a few minutes after the attacks, a tweet from the Presidential communications unit pledged to continue with the war on terror.

" We will continue to do everything in our power to fight Terror, it read.

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