Inter-ethnic clashes in Nairobi

Comment on this story


iol pic afr Nairobi bus blast

REUTERS

Residents look for survivors inside the wreckage of a passenger mini-bus (matatu) after it was hit by an explosion in the Eastleigh neighbourhood of Kenya's capital Nairobi.

Nairobi - Clashes broke out on Monday in a predominantly Somali district of Nairobi between people of Somali nationality or origin and other Kenyans, leaving several people wounded, a police chief said.

The clashes broke out at the site where a bomb went off on a bus on Sunday, killing seven and wounding many more.

An AFP reporter at the scene said police used tear gas and fired into the air to contain the violence, which started when non-Somali Kenyans turned on Somalis and attacked their shops and stalls, accusing them of being responsible for the bus bomb.

“There is chaos. Several people have been injured but we are doing everything possible to contain the riots,” Moses Nyakwama, Nairobi Police chief told AFP by phone.

Eastleigh, the Somali district of Nairobi, has in recent weeks been the scene of several attacks, mostly blamed on sympathisers of Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shebab fighters. - AFP


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

     

Join us on

IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks

Business Directory