Kenya Shopping Center Guards Thwart Nairobi Bomb Attack

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Security guards at a new shopping center in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, thwarted a possible bombing on Tuesday after removing an improvised explosive device from a man, a security executive said.

Guards at the Garden City mall’s security check point stopped the man wearing a device connected to a mobile phone as he tried to enter, Adam Miller, chief executive officer of security company Warrior Insight, said by phone. The device contained about 500 grams (1.1 pounds) of explosives, he said.

The mall was evacuated and the police have detained three men for questioning, according to a statement from Garden City.

At least 67 people were killed in September 2013 during an attack by al-Shabaab gunmen at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, which re-opened in July. The group, which is linked to al-Qaeda, is trying to create an Islamic state in Somalia and it’s targeting Kenya for sending troops into that country.

Tuesday’s attack appeared “more for attention than mass casualties,” Miller said. The device “was unsophisticated but viable.”

Kenyan police spokesman Charles Owino didn’t answer several phone calls seeking comment.

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