Kenyan Capital Hit by Blasts Day After mombasa Explosions

Mareeg.com- At least three people died in blasts on passenger buses in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, a day after twin explosions killed four people in the port city of Mombasa.Bombs detonated yesterday on two buses traveling on Thika Road, the main highway that links Nairobi with central Kenya, Mwenda Njoka, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said by phone from the city. As many as 82 people were hospitalized, Deputy President William Ruto told reporters today in Nairobi.Kenya has faced a growing number of attacks since sending troops to fight Islamist militants in neighboring Somalia three years ago. In September, an attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall killed at least 67 people. Al-Shabaab, a Somali militia affiliated with al-Qaeda, took responsibility for that attack, saying it was in revenge for Kenya’s troop deployment. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to defeat “terrorism.”Plans for the country to sell its inaugural Eurobond may be delayed further as the attack on key infrastructure undermines confidence in the economy, U.S.-based risk consultants Teneo Intelligence said in an e-mailed report today. The government’s plan to raise as much as $2 billion on the international debt markets and use the proceeds to fund transport and energy infrastructure has been delayed since September. The Finance Ministry has cited hold ups in the approval process as cause for the postponement.Sophisticated Attacks“The level of sophistication by the assailants in orchestrating simultaneous attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa point to serious gaps in Kenya’s security apparatus,” Ahmed Salim, a senior associate at Teneo, said in the report. “By attacking bus stations and transport hubs the assailants understand that they can slowly cripple Kenya’s economy, which continues to be undermined by the challenging security outlook.”On May 2, Kenyan police shot dead two suspected militants thought to have been planning an attack on Kenya Power and Lighting Co. power plants in northeastern Kenya, David Kimaiyo, inspector general of the National Police Service, said in a statement handed to reporters in Nairobi yesterday. Police officers from northeastern Mandera and Wajir counties also seized weapons and ammunition in the operation, he said.“Innumerable criminal activities including planned terror attacks have been disrupted,” Ruto said.Coastal BombingsThe twin bombings at a bus station and near beach resorts in Mombasa on May 3, which left 28 people injured, are under investigation, Kimaiyo said, without giving further details. The city is home to East Africa’s biggest port.Kenyan security agencies last month began Operation Usalama Watch aimed at curbing illegal immigration and tracking down criminals. A sports stadium in Nairobi was converted into a temporary detention center to help process the more than 3,000 people rounded up in the operation.At least 225 mainly ethnic Somalis have been deported as of April 16 and another 281 urban-based refugees were sent to designated northern Kenyan refugee camps in line with a directive by the government to address security challenges.“This operation will continue to be intensified,” Kimaiyo said. The Kenyan courts may have played a factor in the rising insecurity by allowing as many as 22 suspects accused of terrorism-related offensives free on bail, said Ruto.Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed last week joined human rights groups in expressing concern over the mass detentions of Somali citizens in Kenya, including that country’s political consular in Nairobi.To contact the reporters on this story: David Malingha Doya in Nairobi at dmalingha@bloomberg.net; Joseph Burite in Mombasa at jburite@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net Sarah McGregor, Michael Gunn .source bloomberg.net

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