October 24th, 2011
02:13 PM ET

1 killed, 8 hurt in Kenya blast

[Updated 2:20 p.m. ET] An explosion at a bus station in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, killed at least one person and injured eight Monday, according to the Kenyan police and Red Cross.

Charles Owino, a deputy police spokesman, confirmed the explosion and said he was awaiting more details.

Initial reports say the blast killed one person and injured eight, said Carol Nduta, a spokeswoman for the Kenyan Red Cross.

The blast follows a separate explosion that police said hurt 12 people earlier Monday at a nightclub in Nairobi.

"We have not yet linked attacks to anybody as we are still investigating," Owino said.

The explosions came a day after the U.S. Embassy in Kenya warned it had credible information of an imminent terror attack. The embassy did not offer details on who might carry out such an attack but said it had limited official U.S. government visits and urged citizens to consider deferring travel to Kenya.

The attack was likely to target places that foreigners congregate in Kenya, including malls and night clubs, the embassy said.

Kenya has been on edge since it sent troops across the border into Somalia to pursue militant with Al-Shabaab, an Islamist group that the United States and other countries view as a terrorist organization. Kenya sent in troops after the recent abductions of tourists and aid workers. It blames the abductions on Al-Shabaab, which has denied involvement.

Al-Shabaab has threatened to attack Kenya if it did not withdraw its forces from Somalia.

Owino, the police spokesman, said the nightclub attack "could be Al-Shabaab or an individual. We are still investigating."

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  1. banasy©

    Well, we've been warned...

    October 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bareassburn

    I wish that the US would keep its nose out of everybody else's ass holes and fix this broken country.

    October 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @b.a.b.: yes, we should.

    October 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    Ya know, the terrorists really are lookin kinda lame these days.. 1 dead, a dozen wounded? Sounds like a bus wreck. Terrorists really are a joke in the grand scheme of things.. Too bad we made such boogymen of them.

    October 24, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cosmicvox

    ... *sigh* and the beat goes on ...

    October 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    @cosmicvox: hey! I say that all the time! Good show.

    @leeintulsa: uh oh, someone's going to take you seriously, lol!

    October 24, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • cosmicvox

      @banasy, I Got u Babe ;D, and boogeymen, gollywoggles and stranger's in car's with candy should be avoided at all costs!!

      October 25, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    @cosmicvox:

    Definitely good advice!

    October 25, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |