Nairobi: Parts of Eastleigh evacuated after false bomb scare

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A mall in Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighborhood, the Yare Tower, on 12 Steeat, was evacuated today following reports of an explosion.

Preliminary, unconfirmed reports indicate that explosives were spotted or suspected, leading to the evacuation of all civilians.

A large contingent of troops then arrived at the scene and informed people to evacuate the area, in order to investigate the suspected explosion.

Highly trained bomb disposal officers who arrived in the area searched the mall and later confirmed that reports of the blast were false.

The situation has now returned to normal, and residents have been informed that the market is safe, and they can return, with the security officials also leaving the area,

Although there have been a number of bombings in Nairobi, the Eastleigh neighborhood, a predominantly Somali area, is seldom targeted.

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