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Alarm after huge explosion inside docked ship in Mombasa Port

An explosion suspected to be a bomb went off inside an oil ship that had docked around the Liwatoni area at the Mombasa port

Mombasa residents experienced tremors on Tuesday following an explosion of a ship docked near the African Marine Terminal in Liwatoni, Likoni, Mombasa County.

According to reports, the oil tanker was undergoing repairs when the explosion occurred. 

The loud explosion reportedly caused buildings in Mombasa Town to tremble. 

There was a huge cloud of smoke bellowing in the air, after the explosion as captured during the incident.

Through a statement issued shortly afterward, the Petroleum Outlets Association of Kenya (POAK) confirmed that the fire had been contained.

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It added that the injured were rushed to the hospital for specialized treatment. 

Tugs and fire engines from the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) immediately rushed to extinguish the fire, while people at the scene were quickly evacuated by rescue scenes. 

The cause of the explosion is yet to be established, but investigations have been launched into the incident. 

Mombasa Central Police boss Maxwell Agoro told journalists that he was leading officers who had been dispatched to launch investigations. 

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