Death toll from grenade attack in Nairobi rises to 6   2013-12-15 17:29:34            

Photo taken on Dec. 14, 2013 shows the blast scene at Pangani, Nairobi, capital of Kenya. (Xinhua/Simba Kusimba)

NAIROBI, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from Saturday's grenade attack on a minibus in the Kenyan capital Nairobi has risen to six after two more people succumbed to injuries, police said.

Nairobi County Commander Benson Kibui made the disclosure on Sunday, saying 30 more people are still in hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the attack on the 32-seater minibus plying Eastleigh route 9 at Pangani, which is in the neighborhood of a Somali community.

"Death toll has risen to six after two more people succumbed to injuries following the blast in Pangani, 30 others are still hospitalized," Kibui said.

The police commander said they are interrogating one suspect who was arrested at the scene in the incident on Saturday after the attack.

He said they believe the attackers might have used the improvised explosive device, which caused a massive damage on the matatu plying central business district-Eastleigh route.

Witnesses and police have expressed fears the death toll could rise because of the nature of injuries. "Those who have been admitted in the hospitals are in serious condition sustaining serious injuries," said one of the witnesses who did not want to be named.

The right side of the 32-seater mini-bus was ripped off, but no body has claimed responsibility for the attack which has sent panic among Nairobians.

Grenade attacks have been launched several times since Kenya sent troops into Somalia in October 2011 in pursuit of the Al- Qaida linked militant group Al-Shabaab, which vowed more attacks in retaliation.

Editor: Tang Danlu
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