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At least 10 dead, more than 70 wounded in Nairobi blasts

Published on May 16, 2014 9:15 PM
Residents assist an injured passenger at the scene of a bus explosion along the Thika super-highway in Kenya's capital Nairobi, May 4, 2014. At least 10 people have been killed and over 70 wounded in two explosions in a busy market area in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, a hospital official said Friday. -- FILE PHOTO : REUTERS

NAIROBI (AFP) - At least 10 people were killed and over 70 wounded in two bomb attacks in a busy market area in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, officials said Friday.  

The National Disaster Operation Centre (NDOC) said the first blast occurred on a 14-seater matatu, or public minibus, and the second was inside Gikomba Market, situated to the east of Nairobi’s central business district.  

A spokesman at the Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi’s main hospital, said eight bodies had brought in and “more than 70” people admitted for treatment, many of them in a serious condition. The NDOC then revised the death toll up to 10.  

“Many of the injured are bleeding profusely. We need a lot of blood,” the spokesman, Simon Ithae, told AFP as the hospital issued an appeal for donors.  

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