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Red Cross to foot bills of blast victims, Ruto

Medical bills of those injured during Sunday’s twin blasts on Thika superhighway will be cleared by the Kenya Red Cross.

Deputy President William Ruto announced on Monday that the funds will be drawn from contributions made to the Westgate kitty.

He also announced that a total of 86 people were injured in the blasts on Thika superhighway.

“Three people were killed and 86 others injured in the attacks along Thika superhighway and treated in different Nairobi hospitals,” said Mr Ruto at a press briefing.

He added that government officials are in constant consultation with President who is in Nigeria and that the head of state is well briefed.

Mr Ruto termed the recent attacks as soft targets to retaliate “successes of Kenyan troops” in Somalia.

He added that some of those involved in planning and executing the attacks are Kenyan citizens  who have been recruited into Al-Shabaab.

“It is the responsibility of every Kenyan to work with the government to fend off terrorists,” said the Deputy President.

He further assured that Kenya will not relent in its war against Islamists militia.

Mr Ruto maintained that security in the country is under control, adding that only “a few incidents have slipped through the government’s network.”

The press briefing was held after a security meeting between the Deputy President and security heads.