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Kenya Tourist board assumes accident

Explosion in Nairobi, Kenya, injures many

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Jun 05, 2011

A sizeable explosion appears to have rocked Nairobi earlier today resulting in as many as 30 people being injured, but at this moment, thankfully, there are no reports of anyone having been killed.

A source in Nairobi did say that a number of those injured suffered severe burns and are presently admitted at Kenya's largest referral and national hospital in the city.

The resulting fire was being dealt with by the Nairobi Fire Brigade, and the area has been cordoned off to allow for a full-scale investigation on the cause of the fire and apparent prior explosion, after the flames had been fully extinguished.

Police sources were quoted in local media reports picked up in Kampala that the public should desist from any speculation over the cause of the incident as it was too early to make conclusive statements but would not rule out any possible cause.

A source close to the Kenya Tourist Board also asked to get the message out immediately that this could just as well have been an accident involving hazardous or flammable materials stored at the site and that destination Kenya was safe for tourist visitors, a sentiment this correspondent can underscore having been in Nairobi just a few days ago. The Kirinyaga/Accra road junction, where the blast occurred is not an area tourists would ordinarily visit nor an area of any strategic value, lending credibility to emerging information that it may indeed have been a simple accident.

Explosion in Nairobi, Kenya, injures many
Kenya Nation photo shows scene moments after a explosion went off Kirinyaga Road/Accra Road, Nairobi

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