2 people injured in Kenyan capital blast

2 people injured in Kenyan capital blast

Agency News

Nairobi, Jan 27: Two people were injured when a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at a busy street in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi Saturday evening, the police said.

Nairobi county police commander Philip Ndolo said a trolley pusher was hired by an unknown person to deliver a piece of luggage within the city but its contents exploded, seriously injuring him. A passerby was slightly injured in the street.

The police have rushed the injured to a hospital. "The bomb experts are at the scene," Ndolo said.

The trolley pusher said the package exploded barely 10 minutes after a man who had hired him went away to pick his identification card he had apparently "forgotten." He told journalists while he was being rushed to the hospital.

The police believed that the package which was inside the luggage to be IED which could have caused more damage had it reached its intended destination.

The incident came one day after the U.S. embassy in Nairobi issued a security alert, urging the public to sustain vigilance in wake of terror attacks in the east African nation.

Saturday's incident happened less than two weeks after Islamic militant group al-Shabab attacked a high-end business complex in Nairobi, killing 21 people. (UNI-Xinhua)