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Kenyan Police Arrest Man as Part of Probe Into Nairobi Blast

May 29, 2012

Kenyan police arrested a man in connection with an explosion at a shopping center in Nairobi that injured 33 people, spokesman Eric Kiraithe said.

“One person was arrested a few meters from the scene and he is under interrogation this morning,” Kiraithe said by phone from the city today. “Members of the public saw him running from the scene and he could have been either looting, doing some kind of other criminal activity or in shock.”

The blast yesterday at the one-story shopping complex in the capital’s city center may have been caused by a home-made bomb, according to initial investigations by police. Prime Minister Raila Odinga vowed to pursue any “terrorists” targeting the East African nation.

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militia has threatened to carry out attacks in Kenya after the country deployed its army in neighboring southern Somalia in mid-October to fight the group. Al-Shabaab has waged a campaign since 2007 to oust Somalia’s United Nations-backed transitional government.

The incursion into Somalia was followed by a string of bomb attacks in Nairobi which have killed at least eight people, and others in the port city of Mombasa and towns near Kenya’s northeastern border with Somalia.

Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation are assisting Kenyan police in the criminal probe, John Haynes, a spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, said by phone today.

Kenya’s shilling fell 0.6 percent to 85.95 per dollar at 4:23 p.m. in Nairobi, heading for a four-month low.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sarah McGregor in Nairobi at smcgregor5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net


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