US condemns Nairobi bomb attacks

Policemen inspect the scene of an explosion in Gikomba on the outskirts of Nairobi's business district where twin blasts claimed at least ten lives on May 16, 2014. Ten people were killed and over 70 wounded when two bomb attacks in a busy market too
Policemen inspect the scene of an explosion in Gikomba on the outskirts of Nairobi's business district where twin blasts claimed at least ten lives on May 16, 2014. Ten people were killed and over 70 wounded when two bomb attacks in a busy market took place in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the latest in a wave of unrest blamed on Islamist militants. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Friday condemned twin bomb attacks in the Kenyan capital Nairobi blamed on Islamic militants that killed at least 10 people and wounded at 70 more.

"The United States condemns today's despicable terrorist attacks," said National Security Council spokesman Caitlin Hayden.

"This is the latest in a series of cowardly attacks on innocent civilians in Kenya," she said, offering thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims.

"As we have for half a century, the United States stands with our Kenyan friends and partners who continue to face adversity with courage and resolve," Hayden added.

"We support them in their efforts to confront terrorism in all of its forms." Kenya's National Disaster Operation Centre said the first blast occurred next to a 14-seater public minibus while the second was inside a shop in a market close to Nairobi's central business district.

Earlier this month, three people were killed and 86 wounded in twin bus blasts in Nairobi blamed on Islamic militant cells connected with Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels. The previous day, twin attacks left four dead in Mombasa.