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Death toll from Nairobi grenade attacks rises to nine

03-14-2012 09:07 BJT

NAIROBI, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Death toll from Saturday night's grenade attacks in Nairobi's main terminus rose to nine as two more persons succumbed to injuries on Tuesday, and at least 4 people are still reported as missing.

Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) spokesperson Nelly Muluka who confirmed the latest development said four people were discharged from the hospital while 43 others remain admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

"The death toll from the Country Bus Station explosion rose to nine today after two more people succumbed to injuries earlier in the day. We have 43 people who are still admitted at the hospital while four others were treated and discharged today," Muluka told Xinhua by telephone in Nairobi on Tuesday.

Unknown persons hurled four grenades at the Machakos Bus Station on Saturday, 10th March, at around 7:34 p.m. local time (1634GMT), killing three people on the spot and injuring pedestrians, travelers and bystanders.

Several cars were destroyed while some neighboring buildings were partially damaged by stray bullets.

According to KRCS, approximately 3,000 persons are said to operate at the terminus at this time. Casualties and dead bodies were taken to KNH, the largest referral hospital in East and Central Africa.

Muluka said the humanitarian agency had registered at least 69 people who had different degrees of injuries, and some of them being gunshot wounds.

The authorities who are investigating the incident confirmed that they are also looking at reports that there may have been gunshots at the popular bus terminus which is frequented by people who pick up buses for various destinations countrywide.

Somali militants Al-Shabaab have denied responsibility to the Saturday attack which has sent panic among Kenyans about their safety in the capital.

There has been a string of attacks by Al-Shabaab militants and their sympathizers since Kenya sent troops into Somalia in October, 2011 to subdue the insurgents who were blamed for a series of murders and kidnappings on the Kenya soil, with Daadab district which hosts the refugee camps being one of the worst hit by the attacks.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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