|2014 Gikomba explosions|
|Date||May 16, 2014 (East Africa Time)|
|Weapons||Improvised explosive devices|
|Deaths||at least 12|
|70 (but possibly as many as 76)|
|OpenStreetMap view of attack location|
On May 16, 2014, two improvised explosive devices were detonated simultaneouslyin the Gikomba market in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 12 people and injuring 70. The first blast came from a minibus and the second from within the market. Two people were reportedly arrested at the site of the explosions. Shortly after the attacks, hundreds of people swarmed onto the crime scene despite police efforts to stop them.
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