Kenya: explosion rocks mostly Somali Nairobi enclave


A policeman stands guard next to the site where a blast ripped through a church in Nairobi on September 30, 2012. A suspected grenade attack killed one child and wounded nine others in the church, a day after Islamist fighters abandoned their last bastion in neighbouring Somalia in the face of an assault by Kenyan and other troops.



A large explosion rattled a predominantly Somali neighborhood of Kenya's Nairobi on Sunday, officials told Agence-France Press

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"There has been an explosion in the area" of Eastleigh, police chief Moses Nyakwama told AFP. "We do not have any more details currently about the nature of the explosion or whether there are casualties involved." 

Local media reported several hurt by the blast, and the Kenya Red Cross confirmed to Reuters that the explosion had taken place.

Nairobi's Somali community has been the victim of vicious grenade attacks in recent months, said Reuters

Kenyan forces are at the forefront of a battle to oust militants from neighboring Somalia in a bid to stabilize the region.