AU condemns Nairobi bombings

By Abebech Tamene, Saturday, May 17, 2014

The African Union on Saturday strongly condemned twin bombings that rocked Kenyan capital Nairobi one day earlier.

The African Union on Saturday strongly condemned twin bombings that rocked Kenyan capital Nairobi one day earlier.

ADDIS ABABA – The African Union (A.U.) on Saturday strongly condemned twin bombings that rocked Kenyan capital Nairobi one day earlier.

In a statement, A.U. Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma described the attacks as "heinous and cowardly act against innocent civilians."

"A.U. fully supports Kenyan authorities’ efforts to fight terrorism," the statement said.

At least ten people were killed and 70 others injured when twin bombings rocked Gikomba, the largest open-air market in Nairobi, on Friday.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kenya has been hit by a spate of terrorist attacks since its decision to send troops to Somalia in 2011.

Nairobi deployed troops to its troubled neighbor following a series of kidnappings of foreign tourists – many of whom were later executed by Al-Shabaab militants – from the Kenyan coast.

Al-Shabaab also claimed responsibility for Nairobi's 2013 Westgate Mall attack in which 67 people were killed.

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