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Nairobi blast: Kenyans take to Twitter

28 May 2012, 16:04 Maureene Danielle

Nairobi - As a huge explosion rocked the Nairobi skyline on Monday afternoon, as Assanands House went up in smoke in the Nairobi’s busy Moi Avenue street, Kenyans took to social media to find out what had happened and or report on the incident.

So far, Capital News reports on the twitter account that the police have said that the blast was due to an electrical fault and not linked to a terrorism attack as many had feared.

Even before the mainstream media houses could go on air with scenes from the site, already a picture was trending on Facebook and Twitter taken by someone in a building displaying the billowing smoke from the building.

Kenya blast

Many Kenyan tweeps took to twitter with trending hashtags: #MoiAvenueBlast #NairobiBlast with some of the comments below:

It is clear that social media has fast garnered its footing in Kenya as the medium of choice for fast news especially when news Breaks. Even media houses have ensured their presence on FaceBook and Twitter and used it to break the news in real time, as you can read from some of the tweets below.

Chris Kirubi ?@CKirubi

RT @CapitalFM_kenya #NairobiBlast - Police have confirmed it's a bomb based on the extend of the blast

Rob N Jillo ?@robjillo

#Nairobiblast what a sight. i can see several injured people being treated at the scene

Fena Gitu ?@Fena_menal

Tune in to @ntvKenya for good coverage on #MoiAvenueBlast #nairobiBlast.

Laura Walubengo ?@lwalubengo

#NairobiBlast - #Iteere says #AssanandsBlast 'most probably an electrical fault'

tamter ?@thomasamter

“@SautiProject: Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere says in an @ntvkenya interview that 28 people have been confirmed injured #NairobiBlast”

Trish Kim ?@Trish_Kim

@ricmaina @akanyanjua @bezuuel @carolynetesh @eliudkibs @vqeevic @kelvinmbugua @ma_mackena @mugocaro @kamaveli .hope muko sawa #nairobiBlast

Lee Mwiti ?@ShrewdAfrican

Cops need to clear precincts of building, too many kenyans milling around #MoiAvenueBlast

The Standard Digital ?@StandardKenya

Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere arrives at scene. Bomb experts also at the scene #MoiAvenueBlast

Cossuh Otienoh ?@COSSUH

Omg RT @salgooh: "RT @gaetanokagwa: RT @SlyJava: RT @TwitShugz: Sad scenes.. :( #moiavenueblast #nairobi #kenya http://pic.twitter.com/NiLtoxIh"

rose munini ?@r_munini

RT @Tim_abner: #MoiAvenueBlast ok ati electical fault...>>> a suspect caught>> kwani the suspect stepped on the wire??


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