Death toll from Nairobi bus blast rises to 6: police

Death toll from Nairobi bus blast rises to 6: police
People stand behind caution tape near the scene of an explosion near Nairobi's Eastleigh neighbourhood on December 14, 2013

NAIROBI - The death toll from a blast on board a bus in Nairobi rose to six on Sunday after two gravely wounded people succumbed to their injuries overnight, police said.

Nairobi police chief Benson Kibue said a suspect was being questioned over the attack, which occurred Saturday on board a 32-seat vehicle coming from the capital's Eastleigh neighbourhood heavily populated by Somalis.

"We lost two of the victims in hospital where about 30 others are still admitted," Kibue said. "We now have six people dead out of that incident."

He said officers were still investigating the attack. "We have one suspect who was arrested soon after the incident. He is assisting us in the investigations."

Police were trying to determine whether the explosion was caused by a grenade or an improvised bomb and whether it was placed in the bus or carried by a passenger. The blast hit several cars near the bus, killing at least one of the motorists, according to witnesses.

It was the fourth attack during a week in which Kenya marked its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain, leaving a total of 15 people dead since Tuesday.

No links have as yet been established between the attacks, none of which has been claimed by any group.

Suspicion for some of them, though, has focused on Kenya's two-year military intervention in neighbouring Somalia to oust Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents.

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