5 killed in blast in Somali area of Kenya capital

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 file photo, heavy black smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya after multiple large blasts rocked the mall during an assault by security forces after gunmen threw grenades and opened fire during an attack that left multiple dead and dozens wounded. (AP File Photo/Jerome Delay)
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 file photo, heavy black smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya after multiple large blasts rocked the mall during an assault by security forces after gunmen threw grenades and opened fire during an attack that left multiple dead and dozens wounded. (AP File Photo/Jerome Delay)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Officials in Kenya say that an explosion in downtown Nairobi has killed at least five people.

The National Disaster Operation Center said on Twitter that explosions had occurred Monday evening in a neighborhood known for its large Somali population. Sometimes called Kenya’s “Little Mogadishu,” Eastleigh has seen several grenade attacks over the last year.

The agency said five people were killed and several injured. Officials did not immediately say what caused the blasts.

Kenya has suffered from a long string of grenade attacks presumed to be thrown by Somali militant sympathizes. Officials also recently discovered a large, undetonated car bomb in the coastal city of Mombasa.

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