6 killed in twin terror blasts in Eastleigh
Six people were killed and dozens others seriously injured in blasts in Nairobi’s Eastleigh estate on Monday evening.
Most of those injured in the three explosions, were taken to Mother and Child Hospital, Guru Nanak Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital, where 20 of the injured were admitted.
The attacks occurred at Sheraton Cafe and The New Kwa Muzairua Super Grill Centre along Eastleigh’s 11th Street at around 7.30pm.
The two cafes are barely 300 metres apart.
According to the owner of Sheraton Cafe, Mr Patrick Gakuyu, people were watching the evening news when he heard two explosions followed by complete darkness.
He said when he tried to flee from the scene, he discovered that the door had been locked from outside.
“When I finally managed to get outside, I saw six bodies,” he said.
Mr Gakuyu said he suspects the explosions were caused by grenades thrown into the cafe.
Nairobi County police commander Benson Kibue said initial reports indicated six people were killed and 11 others injured.
KNH chief executive Lily Koros appealed to Kenyans to donate blood to help the victims of the attacks.
On Sunday, a suspected terrorist died in the same estate after an explosive he was assembling went off.
A grenade was also found in a church compound in Lamu on the same day.
Monday’s Eastleigh attack also follows the one that took place in Mombasa a fortnight ago in which six people were killed and scores injured after gunmen opened fire at worshippers at a church in Likoni.
The Australian government has issued a travel advisory, warning its citizens of possible terrorist attacks in Kenya.
“There is a serious and ongoing risk of large scale acts of terrorism in Nairobi and Mombasa. We advise Australians to avoid unnecessary visits to public places in Nairobi and Mombasa at this time,” the advisory said in part.
A statement posted on the High Commission’s website indicated that in light of the current security environment, the level of advice for Nairobi and Mombasa has been increased.
“We now advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Nairobi and Mombasa due to high threat of terrorist attack and high level of crime. We also continue to strongly advise Australians not to travel to border regions with Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan, because of the extremely dangerous security situation,” the statement added.
Security has been heightened in different parts of the country recently following reports of planned terrorist attacks using vehicles laden with explosives.