NAIROBI (Halbeeg News) – An explosion outside a restaurant in downtown Nairobi has left two people injured barely two weeks after Al-Shabaab fighters hit Dusit D2 hotel.
The blast, which was reportedly caused by an improvised explosive device (IED), occurred shortly after 7 pm outside Smothers Fast Food Restaurant on Tom Mboya Street.
According to Kenyan local media, eye-witnesses reported seeing a man pushing a trolley outside the restaurant. Seconds later, a huge blast was heard sending members of the public scampering to safety.
The incident was confirmed by Nairobi’s Central Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) Robinson Thuku.
One of the victims suffered minor injuries on the leg after shrapnel from the IED pierced him during the Saturday incident.
A Reuters reporter at the scene said there did not appear to be any significant damage to surrounding shops. Police have set up a security cordon in the area.
“It was a very big sharp explosion that made everyone run away,” said security guard Appolonary Odero, who was in the area.
According to police and witnesses, luggage that was sealed in a cartoon had the explosives.
“We’re at the scene trying to establish what transpired,” Robinson said.
Mid this month, deadly attack at an upscale hotel in Westlands, the Dusit D2 Hotel has shattered the city ’s longtime peace.
The coordinated attack left 21 people dead and many others nursing injuries.